Two news reports come to mind with regard to the Shah Alam incident.
Firstly, Mkini‘s “Cops say sorry, promise prompt action“.
- The police have apologised for not taking prompt action during the ‘cow head’ protest that took place in Shah Alam yesterday, said Selangor exco member Dr Xavier Jeyakumar. He said Shah Alam district police chief Noor Azam Jamaluddin conveyed his apology to several Pakatan Rakyat leaders during a meeting this morning.
- The police chief explained that the officer at the scene was a ‘junior’ (suggesting that he was inexperienced in handling such matters).
- Santiago said it was “weird” that the dozens of policemen “watched silently” when the protesters were spitting on and kicking the bloodied cow head.
Next is TMI‘s report “OCPD: Volatile situation did not permit police action“.
- Shah Alam OCPD ACP Noor Azam Jamaludin today explained that the police had failed to act during the cow-head demonstration at the state secretariat because the situation “did not permit” them to do so.
- “We saw the situation was not right because we did not want to spark more anger but we will take actions based on other evidences that we have. We will take action based on evidence and against those who have been identified,” Azam said.
- Dozens of riot police stood by and watched as protesters brought the severed cow-head to the Selangor state secretariat and stomped on it.
We know that on Friday night itself, NTR barked the order ‘to nip the incident in the butt .. bud‘ specifically to the nation’s IGP.
Actually, there were two Bernama bulletins i.e. at 21.21pm (28th August) plus another at 00.35am on the 29th with the same headline “PM directs IGP to act over temple protest”.
Duhhhh! Ok, maybe Bernama likes the sound of its own .. errr .. sound bytes and repeated itself or maybe, NTR phoned to ask Bernama whether his ‘order’ has been made public and as usual, whoever it is just re-published the first one to make the PM happy. We’ll never know with these blokes sometimes.
- Meanwhile, Musa said he had asked Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar to investigate the case and take those responsible to task.
- “I also urge witnesses to lodge police reports to enable us to take action against those involved,” he said when contacted today.
- Khalid, when contacted, said action would be taken against those involved in the incident.
Sooo .. what do we have:
- The Shah Alam bull-head protest occurred between 2.00-3.00pm.
- Word of the incident got to the PM through an MIC minister.
- PM then instructed the IGP to handle the matter promptly.
- IGP spoke to the Selangor CPO.
- Selangor CPO must have contacted the Shah Alam OCPD to finally ‘nip it the bud’.
Geeez .. I’m utterly impressed with their C.o.C. thingy (that’s Chain of Command for you civvies types) despite the ‘Rome is burning’ atmosphere that’s happening on the ground.
- No ground intel to pre-empt a potentially volatile situation. But the TMI and Mkini news crew plus Minaq Jinggo were present!
- Not stopped the protesters walking 300 meters from the mosque to the state secretariat’s front gate.
- Not stopped the protesters walking further from the mosque to the state secretariat’s front gate, even when it was evident that a severed bull’s head was being carried by some of protesters.
- Not intervened when the protesters’ began their seditious speeches.
- Not ‘saved the bull from a fate worse than death itself i.e. getting stomped on its head’ for fear of sparking an angrier response from visibly belligerent protesters.
- An officer in charge who was ‘wet between the ears’ and probably did not have his PDRM issued walkie-talkie, therefore, could not get further orders from his superiors on how to handle the situation. No dear, NASA don’t handle this type of situations.
- Urged witnesses to lodge police reports for action to be taken. Blimey! That’s definitely hands-on-bull-head police lingo, eh folks.
Sigh! On the eve of Merdeka Day, the sores continue to fester.
I’m wearing BLACK. That’s fer sure.