Thursday, December 15, 2011

Alien Banana


I was referring to bananas just the other day and this photo of an alien banana sculpture caught my attention! I saw it on boingboing.net on Monday.

Police arrested 15 university students – believed to be members of the movement for Academic Freedom (Bebas) – yesterday after they gathered at KL Sentral here as part of a flash mob to demonstrate against the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA). It is understood that 30 students participated in the protest but police broke it up barely minutes after they had assembled. When the students, aged between 20 and 22 – from Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Selangor, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak and Selangor International Islamic University College – refused to disperse, they were detained.

Lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri told Malaysiakini that police denied the students their right to be represented.

Well done, Malaysian police! You have just shown yourselves to be an instrument of oppression for the UMNO government!

Today, flash mobs are done as a way to gain political attention, give voice to a notable cause, or even to surprise a celebrity. It’s a PR tool. No other marketing gimmick has taken off so quickly as the now ubiquitous flash mob. For those of you who still don’t know what a flash mob is, it is a sudden public assembly of people to perform an unusual and sometimes funny or even absurd act for a short period of time, before dispersing back into the general population. The participants of flash mobs usually rehearse beforehand and arrange specific meeting places and times via social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, email, or text message.

But whatever the purpose you gather in a public place in this country, you should know that you can be hauled off to the police lock-up!

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