According to a Malaysiakini report, Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar claimed that his ministry had received crucial information indicating that a demonstration was to have been staged in Parliament today.
This was based on "two political speeches, two blogs and two SMS (text-messages)", he said in parliament. While refusing to divulge details, he cited one text-message as having urged people to show their support for the emergency motion of no-confidence that was to have been debated yesterday.
Syed Hamid should not read too much into blogs and text messages. After all, this was an advice from his colleagues such as Zahid Hamidi. Surprisingly, the government, which urged the public not to trust bloggers, had acted contrary to their own reminder.
The government should not react on rumours. The police should have been more professional in handling these false messages and investigate their source. If there were trusted and accurate information on the perpetrators, the police should have made pre-emptive arrests and not to bring the entire city to a standstill. This action is unscrupulous.
Now, Syed Hamid must be made accountable for his decision. He is holding public office and anyone holding such as a position must show the highest integrity and commitment to the people. He must provide a detailed explanation to us.
My guess is this is not the case of safeguarding public safety. The BN government is still using the same old tactic to frustrate commuters and drivers so that they will blame it on the opposition. Syed Hamid should remember that the directive to erect roadblocks around KL was his ministry's call and not the opposition's.
I was one of commuters who had my journey delayed by almost an hour. From the feedback I have gathered from those affected, they blamed the BN and not the opposition. Syed Hamid should have reflected harder before making such a foolish decision.
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