Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Establish State Public Security Force in Pakatan Rakyat states

Based on the recent incident at the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre on 9 November, we had seen the police abruptly attacked a peaceful gathering of some Abolish ISA and BERSIH supporters during their candlelight vigil to celebrate the first anniversary of BERSIH, a coalition of political parties and NGOs for promoting free and fair elections.

Those peaceful people were attacked, beaten up and thrown onto the police black maria truck and taken to the police station later to be locked up in the cell. Among those who were attacked and beaten up were Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, Kampung Tunku State Assemblyman Lau Weng Sang and Selangor State Executive Councillor Ronnie Liew.

Instead of protecting the public and to ensure their safety, the police force is now seen to be threatening the security of the public. The people no more trust the police force in ensuring security of their neighborhood. Who else we can depend on for safety of our people, our family and children with the continuous increase of criminal activities in our nation, such as murder, rape, assault, snatch thieves and a lot more to name. The worst scenario now is the police are even attacking the public who had gathered from all walks of life at a civic center just to sing Negaraku and to show their patriotism towards the nation.

So, the Pakatan Rakyat State Governments in Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan should come forward and come out with a contingency plan to jointly establish a Public Security Force in their respective states to provide better security for their people. Apart from assisting the existing enforcement agency in promoting security in these five states, the Public Security Force should be also tasked as an effective security force to counter the brutality of the currently BN controlled police forced which has been frequently used by the BN government to demonstrate its armed strength in the Pakatan Rakyat states.

The Pakatan Rakyat State Governments should have a security force of their own to protect their state administrations and state controlled infrastructures from being overran or overpowered by the BN federal government’s police force in future. We could see now the current situation, when the new BN-Umno leadership take place next year, some drastic move may be carried out by them to curb the Pakatan Rakyat controlled state governments of its powers and depriving their state executive orders.

In doing this, the BN-Umno government may in future exercise its federal power over these five states by moving its police force into these state administrations by force and retake control of these elected state governments. Who know it may happen, if the BN-Umno feels that their survival is at stake by then.

Therefore, the Pakatan Rakyat states ought to defend themselves from these possible threats from the BN-Umno controlled federal government. A competent and well respected Public Security Force is needed to ensure the security of these states and its people.

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