Monday, September 7, 2009

Charge them!

Finally, the government has decided to charge the demonstrators who stepped on and kicked a cow's head during the Aug 28 protest by residents (and non-residents) of Section 23 in Shah Alam who were against the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to the neighbourhood.
They will be charged with sedition and illegal assembly.
Finally there is some good news for the Indian community who have been hurt and humiliated by irresponsible radicals. In fact, those of other faiths had also followed the events closely as they too could be hurt and humiliated by some other incident some other time in some other place.
People are asking questions - why are such shocking things allowed to occur? Why do the police stand around and do nothing when chauvinists and racists kick a religious symbol around but protestors who do nothing more than hold lit candles and walk from one place to another in a peaceful rally are arrested?
It will obviously be perceived as blatantly unfair and racially biased when the cow-head group comprises mostly Malays and the candle-light vigil protestors are mostly Indians.
How can there ever be a 1Malaysia when different races are treated differently not only by government policies but by the police too?
We will have to wait and see if the courts will be colour-blind and deal with the cow-head protestors fairly...

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