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Police may have colluded with the mobsters who violently disrupted the ABU-Hindraf ceramah in Selangor on Saturday at which one participant was injured. Haris Ibrahim, one of the ceramah organisers, said one mobster is suspected of being a policeman in plain clothes. Later, two Special Branch officers who spoke to Haris seemed intent only on stopping the ceramah (as also demanded by the mob) and did not respond when asked if they were unable to control the mobsters.
Although the police insisted that the ceramah be stopped, some local residents, PAS members, had asked that it proceed, and said they would ensure no further disruption from the mob.
In a press statement, Hindraf national advisor N. Ganesan said the mobsters arrived on motorcycles within minutes of the speakers taking their seats on stage at Dewan MBSA in Section 30 Shah Alam.
Inaugural HINDRAF ABU Forum at Dewan MBSA, Seksyen 30 Shah Alam violently disrupted by Samseng Jalanan
Haris’s thoughts on the role of the police, taken from his blog People’s Parliament:
Now, when the police finally arrived after the mob have left the ceramah hall, I pointed out one of the mobsters who was still there to the uniformed police officers.
Later, this individual was seen leaning against the squad car and chatting with the uniformed officers. Inquiries later revealed that he was a plain clothes police officer.
Some of the local residents, PAS members, then assured the organisers that they would make sure there was no repeat of the mob barging into the hall, and that we should proceed with our ceramah.
We were making ready to proceed when 2 Special Branch officers asked to speak to us.
Sambulingam and I, in the hearing of many others, were asked by the officers to call off the ceramah so as to allow the tense situation outside to ease.
I repeatedly asked him if we were to understand from this request and advise that PDRM were unable to deal with the mob so as to allow a legitimate ceramah to proceed in the hall.
The officer just kept repeating himself: please call off the ceramah to ease the tension outside.
My sense by then was that there was collusion between the mobsters and the police.
There was a quick discussion between the several ABU leaders.
We had not provided adequate security to ensure the safety of those attending to listen to the ceramah. We would call it off to ensure the safety of the packcik and makcik in the hall.
Rest assured, we will be well prepared for any lawlessness at our forthcoming ceramah.
From any quarters.
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