Police attack on citizens singing National Anthem: Contempt of Nation and King

Police Attack on Citizens singing National Anthem: Contempt of Nation and King

We, the undersigned civil society groups, express our strongest condemnation of the brutal attack by policemen on a 100-strong crowd of Malaysians who were singing the national anthem Negaraku. The event took place last night (Sunday, 9 Nov 2008) at the BERSIH peaceful gathering outside MBPJ’s Civic Hall, Petaling Jaya.

Members of the public had gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of the BERSIH rally on 10 November 2007 as well as demand for the abolition of the ISA. The attack was not only an outright human rights violation, but it also demonstrated outrageous contempt of the Nation and Hia Majesty The King.

The police used brute and excessive force on the peaceful crowd. As the crowd sang the following lines of the national anthem – “Raja kita selamat bertakhta” [May the King reign in peace], FRU personnel and plainclothes officers charged at the crowd and started chasing and grabbing people at random.

A 53-year-old woman named Dian Abdullah was attacked from behind by a few policemen, causing her to fall and injure the back of her head. A bystander took her to the hospital where she received four stitches for the cut.

MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua and Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Lau Weng San were manhandled and punched respectively. A PAS member was set upon by six police officers on the five-foot-way right outside Lotus Restaurant.

We would like to stress that, first and foremost, it is every Malaysians’ birth right to peaceful assembly, as enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. The police dispersal of citizens’ peaceful gathering is unwarranted and an act of contempt against the Constitution.

We are deeply appalled by the unusual manner of the police dispersal of citizens in a peaceful gathering. Under ‘more normal’ circumstances, the police officer in charge would order the crowd to disperse within five minutes before taking any action. While Malaysians are taught from young to stand to attention when the national anthem is being played or sung, the behaviour of the police was such that they felt they had to stop the peaceful crowd from finishing the song and then proceeded to punish them violently.

We urge Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar to immediately apologize to Malaysians and we demand that the Selangor Chief of Police, Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar to take responsibility for his part in this fiasco and resign.

We call on all Malaysians to unite, regardless of our political persuasion, to defend the national symbol and basic human rights.

The 9 November police attack on the citizens, the nation and the monarchy has yet again reminded us of the urgent and immediate need for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

Endorsing organisations:

1. Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH)
2. Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
3. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
4. Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)
5. Workers Organisation of Malaysia
6. Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC)
7. Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
8. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Selangor
9. Malaysian Youth and Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)
10. Civil Rights Committee, KLSCAH
11. Citizen Think Tank (CTT)
* BERSIH is a coalition of five political parties and over 70 NGOs.

Please share this with as many friends as you can. Malaysians must come together to demand for the resignation of the Selangor Chief Police Officer.


12 responses to “Police attack on citizens singing National Anthem: Contempt of Nation and King

  1. Good stuff, man! Hey, I’ve started my new initiative. I’m sending 20 letters (one per day) for the rest of the month to congress with what I believe are some of the things that we need addressed in this country. Let me know what you think!


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  3. to put another way round, it is blatant contempt to associate national anthem with illegal assembly. imagine cops arresting murderers/rapist and they use national anthem to stall time, what say u……

    What is it so contemptuous for three people to sing Negaraku together without getting a police permit? Yes, three people doing anything without a police permit is “illegal” assembly if you read the law only and throw away the Constitution.

  4. They are people who can lie just like that and can get away because they are the law.

    We can’tdo much .We need a birth of anew nation and a new police force .This can only happen after UMNO

  5. Unfortunately malaysia is reaching a state where murderers are police officers! Sad but true.

    The rapists and murderers coming from these group don’t need to use the national anthem because they already got the license and permit to kill and they will tell you they are legal.

    These mobs if required, they will accuse the citizens celebrating a birthday in McDonalds as illegal gathering and they can start marching in to grab anyone there at random, smash people heads, tramp people down, or even kill them if required, they will do it if they find that one of them has threat to the government.

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  7. I think it’s offensive to equate those at the assembly on Nov 9 with murderers/rapist, Mr. anonymous dud is missing the point here.

    Now, if we want to debate National Anthem and Illegal assembly let’s play fair.

    so, the law and constitution that’s the starting point. Of course, it’s not that level since the constitution is higher.

    But weak imaginary analogies … hmmm … I prefer not to go there.

  8. The stage has already been set, what are still lacking are the new actors, the next election will bring them on. But they can only come on if the young ones in Malaysia can come out and lead, like what has happened in the us.



    I hope you won’t mind me using your space to try and bring some help to those who are doing great jobs for others.


    Please pass this along to your friends. Thanks.

  9. I think it’s shocking to hear that from a CPO to equate peace loving citizens with criminals.

    1) Criminals don’t show themselves in public and let the police nab them (Peace loving citizens will stand attention and finish NEGARAKU even if they’ve to get 4 stitches. I salute you, Dian Abdullah)
    2) Criminals couldn’t be bothered to sing NEGARAKU patriotically becos they’re busy plotting their next victim (Peace loving citizens do becos they’re proud to be Malaysian)
    3) Criminals don’t contribute to the country’s economic progress but incur taxpayers (Peace loving citizens contribute to the nations economy and pay taxes so that people like CPO get his pay)

    So I suggest that CPO better focus on thousands of reported and unreported criminal activities like snatch thief, mat rempit, car jacking, the list is endless! than to intimidate peace loving citizens.

  10. Oh one more thing, why is the police so scared of notorious area like Chow Kit that they’ve to close the Police beat and explained by Syed Hamid in Parliamnent ?

    If the police is worried about their own safety, what about the public !

    Now we know why the crime index is rising!

  11. This is outrageous of the Malaysian Police or shall I say, Savages. No civilize nation will ever do such atrocities. Where is the country heading to – ANARCHY!

    Bravo to the people who were at the place and sorry to those who were hurt.

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