PSM6: The end of the farce

The Malaysian Insider
Jul 30, 2011

JULY 30 — Just this once, please apologise.

Own up to this despicable mistake of arresting six innocent Malaysians and, maybe, the rest of their fellow citizens will move on and cut the police as well as the Najib administration some slack.

Just this once, drop the political posturing and say sorry to Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar and his party colleagues, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) deputy chairman M. Sarasvathy, central committee members Choo Chon Kai and M. Sugumaran, Sungai Siput branch secretary A. Letchumanan, and Youth chief R. Saratbabu.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had an opportunity to right a wrong yesterday but he chose to indulge in official talk, saying that the release of the six was according to due process.

The release was based on some “observations” by the police, said the PM.

One wonders whether these are the same powers of “observation” that led the authorities to accuse the PSM officials of attempting to wage war against the King and trying to revive communism.

All these allegations were bunkum and aimed at intimidating the people behind Bersih 2.0. In all likelihood, the PSM6 were made scapegoats because they belonged to a party with little heft or appeal.

Can anyone imagine the police putting PKR, DAP or PAS bigwigs under detention without trial these days? The outcry would be deafening in and out of the country.

But what Putrajaya did not count on was the sense of fairplay of Malaysians, and the refusal of the average citizen to accept that Dr Jeyakumar and the five were nothing more than social activists, men and women who work tirelessly for the poor and socially disadvantaged.

Their detention has been a terrible injustice, a major blot on the record of the Najib administration and the police.

An apology would have helped. The lack of it just reinforces the meanness of the whole episode.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 9:26 am


    What the arrest of PSM 6 showed Malaysian are that this country’s institutions and top leaders, when confronted with hard choices, will to the most stupid and illogical thing. They have resorted to trickery and lies for so long, they are dysfunctional, they can’t think straight when the chips are down. Their modus operandi, their very functional system is rouge. This time it cost some health problems and unjust detention to PSM 6, next time, it will be much more costly. There is no doubt the death of TBH, Sarbani, Aminulrasyhid and Kugan are on the hands of the enforcement agencies and the BN govt.

    Anyone can be one of the PSM 6 – ANYONE and can end up worst. A mommy blogger innocently mention something of her faith and she is ‘threat to national security’. Say something about the police or religion or any of the enforcement agencies its treason and security threat.

    This country is clearly in CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER FROM UMNO/BN. Look beyond the present PM and you see a line of leaders much worst than he is. We have a defense minister that paid more than twice the price for Eurocopters and think we won’t or can’t say we know its corruption. They are literally stealing billions and asking us to pay more for teh-tarik, clean water which is all around us, toll-roads that has traffic jams, public transport system that cost a bomb and still don’t get us to where we need to.

    Far from over this one. ANYONE of us can be the PSM 6.

  2. #2 by sad country on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 1:14 pm

    This is a scary country. Detention without trial.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 1:48 pm

    A clear case of ABUSE of power with a view 2 intimidate, brain wash

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