[Correction: the invasion happened on Dec 11, so the anniversary was mistakenly thought to be one day earlier. Forgive my poor memory.]
Time flies. It’s one year now from the day when the Parliamentary House was invaded by police, when seven persons including were arrested in the compound of the august house after appearing in a press conference in the Parliament lobby condemning the constitutional amendment to extend the service of Tan Sri Rashid and his fellow commissioners at the Election Commision to one year. Sixteen others of BERSIH leaders and supporters were arrested at the gate of the Parliament House. And another citizen arrested later at the police station.
A year is now gone. The country has changed. Even Rashid is gone now. Malaysians have become bolder. Many are coming out condemning ISA. Peaceful assembly is now held every Sunday at least in PJ.
But have we changed fundamentally? I have been a party spoiler since March 8.
When a speaker in the PJ gathering last Sunday passionately lashed out at Malaysians who did not turn up because of their alleged fear for ISA, I felt compelled to pour some cold water – ISA exists because Malaysia needs it. Read my piece at thenutgraph.com at 9am later.