CPO, we can’t sing national anthem together without your approval?

As if his instruction of assaulting citizens singing the national anthem and then blatantly denying it are not offensive enough, the Selangor Chief Police Officer now compares anthem-singing citizens to criminals. The Freudian slip shows that he may see himself as the colonial governor in a police state.

The Star

Police chief: Why sing the national anthem?

SHAH ALAM: The state police chief has questioned the rationale behind
Internal Security Act (ISA) protesters singing the national anthem at
their illegal gathering near the Amcorp Mall on Sunday.

“Are they expecting policemen to stand at attention each time they
sing the anthem? If so, what would happen if every criminal that we
confront starts singing the national anthem?” asked Deputy Comm Datuk
Khalid Abu Bakar.

He questioned whether the protesters sang NegaraKu to keep the police
at bay or that they (the protesters) themselves did not respect the

Protesters against the ISA were said to have sung NegaraKu at least
three times at three different locations on Sunday – at the mall,
Petaling Jaya Civic Centre, as well as near the police station.

“I, more than anyone else present, and that too as a police officer,
respect the national anthem, contrary to allegations that we showed no
respect by dispersing the crowd when they were singing the anthem,’’
he said.

DCP Khalid said that when police moved in, he did not and could not
hear them singing the national anthem as he was some distance away.

He said he was informed by his officers that the crowd sang the
national anthem at three different locations before being dispersed.

“I am duty-bound to carry out my job without fear or favour, and my
interest was the safety and concern of the general public as well as
business outlets which had voiced concern over possible trouble there.

“Nobody can deny that someone could have taken advantage of the
situation to stir up trouble there,’’ he said, adding that no permit
was sought for the gatherings which had been taking place for the past
four weeks.

Police arrested 23 people, including Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua
and assemblymen Lau Weng San and Ronnie Liu, for taking part in the
candlelight vigil.

They were arrested under Section 27 of the Police Act for allegedly
taking part in an illegal assembly after several warnings to disperse
were ignored.

The vigil, organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections
(Bersih), started at 8pm at Dataran PJ, near Amcorp Mall.

However, the group, numbering in the hundreds, moved to the civic
centre near MBPJ when police ordered them to disperse.



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