31 May 2018
Perak MB needs to pull his socks up. We do not want a return to Najib’s reign of terror. People want to live peacefully. Shops want to conduct their businesses without having thugs terrorising them.
We lived under disgraced PM Najib Abdul Razak’s reign of terror for a decade. Thugs like Jamal Yunos and his Red Shirts would terrorise peaceful demonstrators, others would gather outside the then Opposition party offices and daub chicken blood as a warning. They would assemble in front of the homes, of people like Ambiga Sreenevasan to perform butt dances. People like the playwright Hishamuddin Rais was kidnapped in broad daylight whilst walking towards Dataran Merdeka. Pastors who minded their own business were abducted.
That is why the incident on 24 May, when a group of men entered a convenience store at Gugusan Manjoi, in Ipoh, and bullied the staff into removing the stock of liquor from the shelves, fills us with horror. They crowded around the helpless shop assistants and warned them to remove the bottles of alcohol, otherwise they would smash them.
Many Muslims, both conservative and the more moderate ones, find the actions of the Manjoi mob, reprehensible and abhorrent.
One elderly Hajjah, who read about the men and watched the video, said, “These are not Muslims. These are thugs who happen to be Muslim. These samsengs use the religion to promote their personal agendas.
“They broke the peace, harmed community relations and probably made nearby businesses fear for their livelihoods.”
Who do these men think they are? Is this the Perak branch of Jamal Yunos’ Red Shirts, the group of unruly men who terrorise neighbourhoods, under the protection of Umno-Baru? Are we seeing the return of the extremists who invade our privacy, and ride roughshod over every community, which they think does not live according to their rules?
We do not want to return to the reign of terror of Najib Abdul Razak, when people who tried to ensure justice, good governance, fairness and equality were harassed by people like the thugs from Manjoi.
Why should we allow thugs to dictate how we lead out lives? The shop did not force Muslims to drink alcohol. The items were clearly labelled, but the thugs’ actions are pure arrogance, and are symptomatic of the previous Umno-Baru regime.
This is a critical time for all Pakatan Harapan state administrations, because there are allegations that Umno-Baru, with its vast reserves of cash, is instigating and funding such displays of intimidation, to de-stabilise the state governments. To engineer a return to Umno-Baru.
We must keep our guard and be ever watchful.
The Perak MB might wish to watch the P. Ramlee movie “Anak-ku Sazali”, which was released in 1956, about a doting father who spoils his son, and the consequences of failing to censure bad behaviour.
28 May 2018
Perak cops probe group over anti-booze ‘raid’ on store (VIDEO)
IPOH, May 28 ― Police are investigating a group of men purportedly from non-governmental organisations who “raided” a Speedmart 99 convenience store for selling alcohol last Thursday.
State Criminal Investigation Chief Yahya Abd Rahman said that they received three reports from store workers on the incident.
“We have open the investigation paper under the Section 448 of the Penal Code for trespassing and have called all the parties who are involved in this incident to assist in the investigation,” he said.
“The investigation paper will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor soon,” said Yahya.
Perak MB should strike, instead of pussyfooting around
COMMENT | We have lived with Najib Abdul Razak’s reign of terror for almost a decade, and that is why the video clip of men from a Muslim NGO, forcing a shop assistant, in a store in Manjoi, to empty a liquor cabinet, fills us with dread.
The assistant may have avoided a confrontation with the thugs, because he feared that he would be beaten up, or that they would return at night and fire-bomb the shop.
The timing is crucial. The thugs know that the authorities are reluctant to act during Ramadhan.
The new Mentri Besar of Perak, Ahmad Faizal Azumu, has refused to deal firmly with these troublemakers. His weakness emboldens the thugs. Worse still, is the silence of the Muslim leaders, who do not condemn the bigots.
Make no mistake, these are not righteous Muslims, who are trying to uphold their religion. They are paid thugs who just happen to be Muslims, and are using religion as a beard for their law breaking.
This incident reminds us of the bad old days of the Red Shirts and their leader, Jamal Yunos. Ahmad Faizal’s meek reprimand will not stop these thugs, who have long believed that they are the master race. In the video, you can hear them issue threats to smash the bottles of alcohol, if they were not removed.
Disband all instruments of oppression
It is time to disband all of the instruments of oppression of the rakyat, that were promoted by Umno-Baru, including Jamal Yunos’ Red Shirts and the NGOs that terrorise shopkeepers, businesses and newspapers in Malaysia.
Who is to know that tomorrow, the extremist groups may target a bookshop, because they believe that the books there could proselytise Muslims. Perhaps a magazine shows women in clothes which disturb their sensitivities. Maybe a recipe book has recipes which feature pork and alcohol. Will they also target shops which sell leather goods made of pigskin? Will they demand that tins of spam, or packets of bacon, be removed?
The hallmark of the Red Shirts, is the use of violence and threats. They are usually “commissioned” by Umno-Baru to cause havoc.
Despite their breaking of the law, the former IGP, Khalid Abu Bakar, treated the Red Shirts with kid gloves. Umno-Baru kept quiet about their harassment.
Jamal may now be contained, but his thuggery is being emulated by others.
The Manjoi troublemakers held shopkeepers to ransom. They threatened the peace. They harmed community relations.
Instead of dealing firmly with this potentially dangerous group, Ahmad Faizal pussyfoots around them.
The shop in Manjoi has a licence to sell alcohol. They have not broken the law, but those Manjoi thugs have committed a breach of the peace.
No-one should be allowed to walk brazenly into a shop and demand that the shopkeeper removes his stock. Try doing that in Tesco or Giant. You’d be marched out of the premises and prevented from returning.
Are the thugs being paid by a developer, who knows that the site will fetch a good price on the property market?
Is this part of the grand design of Umno-Baru, post GE-14, to stir-up trouble, destabilise the newly formed state government, and topple it for Umno-Baru’s return to power?
The only way to neutralise thugs like these is to isolate them, by striking at the source of the trouble and by targeting their heads. Is Ahmad Faizal prepared to do that?
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Don’t act on your own, Perak MB tells NGO that forced mart to get rid of booze
Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu has issued a reminder against an NGO that forced a convenience store in Manjoi to get rid of their alcohol stock.
Faizal said he understood the sentiments of the NGO, as Kampung Manjoi is one of the biggest Malay villages in Malaysia.
However, he said they should not have acted on their own, and should instead have lodged a complaint with the authorities.
“When the NGO acts on its own, it can raise all sorts of other issues… My advice to the NGO is, if they see things like this, they can lodge a complaint with the government, and let the government deal with it,” the menteri besar told Malaysiakini when contacted.
Meanwhile, he also advised other shop operators operating in other Malay villages to be “more sensitive to the feeling of locals.”
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