State police chief officer Ayub Yaacob has described the organisers of the solidarity gathering Himpunan Hijau 2.0 in Kuantan as 'arrogant' for not informing the police about the event, which ended up with two journalists hurt.
Ayub said as the organisers did not notify the police of the event held at 6pm at the Penang Esplanade yesterday, the force did not send a team to monitor the situation.
Ayub said that when a group expresses its support for an issue, others may oppose it.
"We want freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, are we prepared for it?" he queried.
When asked why the police did not take any action when the situation turned chaotic when they were there, he said his staff "must look and see first what is happening".
"We can't simply take action," he quipped.
Police only finally intervened in the fracas during the event at about 7pm, where they later sounded their siren and warned the crowd to disperse.
Ayub should not lecture us on freedom and rights if he cannot differentiate between hooliganism and democracy.
Yes, pro-Lynas groups can voice out their support but it does not mean that they can go around to disrupt peace and physically assault journalists.
Should we invite Ayub and his force to help monitor theft, robbery, snatch theft and public peace too?
Ayub is again sounding like a broken horn when he asked if we are prepared for freedom of speech and assembly. Freedom of speech and assembly can be successfully conducted if there's peace and mutual respect.
Is Ayub going to allow the thugs from pariah organizations such as Perkasa and Penang UMNO Youth to resort to violence to disrupt future events?
For Ayub to say that they 'cannot simply take action' is the biggest joke in the century. I remembered what the police did to us during Bersih 2.0.
Yes, I was a victim at the Tung Shin Hospital. Did we provoke the policy and did the police practice restrain then?
Ayub is the one being very arrogant here! I hope he will assume full responsibility if the people retaliate against these thugs and gangsters in the future.
MCA and Gerakan cannot keep their silence on this issue. It is a shame for these parties to claim representing the people but are not willing to stand up against injustices and bad governance. Lynas is one of them and the thuggish behavior of Penang Perkasa and UMNO leaders is the other.
Both parties should stop trying to sell us something which is not acceptable - that there's a sense of justice and goodness in Barisan Nasional if they cannot stand up against injustices!