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Police Helicopter Hovering over Taman Connaught at Midnight (A Glimpse of Police State — Big Brother is Watching You!)

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Police Monitoring 11 ‘Hot Spots’ (2009/08/07)

KUALA LUMPUR, Fri: City police have begun mobilising its personnel to realise the government’s target of reducing street crimes by 20 per cent by the end of next year.

Its police deputy chief, Datuk Abu Samah Mat, said the police have identified 11 “hot spots” which are favourite haunts of criminals.

The hotspots are the Bukit Bintang and Jalan Pudu areas, which are under the jurisdiction of the Dang Wangi police; Brickfields and Kuchai Park (Brickfields police) Taman Midah, Taman Connaught, Alam Damai (Cheras), and Jinjang North, Metro Prima Kepong, Danau Kota (Sentul).

He said the move was necessary to reduce street crimes such as snatch thefts, unarmed robberies and unarmed gang robberies.

“We have started a joint operation in Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Cheras, from July 17.”

“The operation clearly has a positive impact as the rate of street crimes in the area have lessened, as compared with before,” he said, adding that eight snatch thefts were reported in Bandar Sri Permaisuri as compared with 10 cases in the two weeks before the operation.
As the police are understaffed, Abu Samah said it had to enlist the help of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).

On July 27, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the government viewed crime prevention seriously and was focusing on efforts to reduce crime as one of the National Key Results Area under the home ministry. — BERNAMA

[Link: New Straits Times – Police Monitoring 11 ‘Hot Spots’]

I was reading the news online, when the above video footage was captured.

The low flying helicopter, the blaring rotor, the bright luminance of the spotlight — and all of the spectacular police “efficiency” in the middle of the night.

An “overkill” if that’s supposed to reduce street crimes. More police patrolling the area would be suffice — and on foot.

I feel like living in a ghetto in Brooklyn.

Al-Jazeera 101 East: Malaysia Protest

This week on 101 East; Malaysia has just seen it’s biggest protest for almost a decade, with tens of thousands marching to demand electoral reform.

Their call was met with tear-gas and water cannon.

So is there a need for fundamental change in the south-east Asian country or did the demonstrators get what they deserve?

We talk to leading government figures and one of the nation’s top human rights activists: Malik Imtiaz, Dato’ Seri Nazri (Nazrism) and Khairy Jamaluddin.

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Al-Jazeera Coverage on BERSIH Rally

“This is democracy, Malaysian-style”

Police in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur have used water cannons and fired tear gas to break up one of the country’s biggest anti-government rallies in nearly 10 years.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in heavy rains to the king’s palace demanding electoral change.

Al Jazeera’s Hamish McDonald reports.

Written by cthulhu

November 10, 2007 at 5:45 pm

BERSIH Yellow Rally

It’s 3:05pm, the FRU already fired water cannon and tear gas at the peace rally at Masjid Jamek and thousands march on to Istana Negara, despite the heavy downpour and the government blockade.

Malaysiakini – Live reports: The BERSIH rally
2.50pm: 10,000 who are at the Masjid Negara have begun marching to Istana Negara. They split into two groups using two different routes.

Malaysiakini and BERSIH server is having high traffic volume, making it hard to access the website. Jeff Ooi wears Yellow, and so is Ahiruddin Atan. Malaysia Today got a new URL: http://www.m2day.org or m2day.org

Here’s a still image collage of Dataran Merdeka from 2:35pm to 3:31pm on 10th November 2007, today (taken from Kuala Lumpur City Hall Urban Transportation Department website):

Traffic location : Persimpangan Jalan Tun Perak/Jalan Raja (Dataran Merdeka)

There’s a fleet of FRU convoy along Jalan Raja. Ironically at 3:16pm still image, Bukit Aman Police Headquarter is in full view — towering menacingly — as if the Big Brother camera needs to remind us the Orwellian state we live in.

BERSIH Rally at Dataran Merdeka on 10th November 2007

UPDATE:

Malaysiakini’s visualisation on BERSIH’s mass protest (3:15pm-4.22pm)

3.20pm: A Bersih delegation, which include Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang from DAP and PAS president Hadi Awang, is waiting about 100 metres outside the Istana Negara. The 40,000 crowd are on the highway and are being held back by riot police 200 metres from Istana Negara.

4.00pm: The Bersih delegation led by Anwar Ibrahim handed the memorandum to the King’s secretary at the gate of the Istana Negara. Anwar is accompanied by PAS’ Hadi Awang and Nasharuddin Mat Isa and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng. The organisers are asking the 40,000-strong crowd to disperse.

BERSIH’s mass protest (3:15pm-4.22pm)

Another collection of still image at the surrounding area of Jalan Damansara/Jalan Tun Sambathan (near Istana Negara) can be found here:

Written by cthulhu

November 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm