Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ushering in 2012

Last evening, a group of friends-cum-colleagues gathered at Sunway Pyramid to help usher in the New Year! We had dinner at Bubba Gump before adjourning to Garden CafĂ© to watch the fireworks that heralded in 2012! I didn’t know that the latter venue had an open-air section that overlooks Sunway Lagoon where we got a front seat view of the dazzling display of brilliant pyrotechnics that lighted the night sky! A joyful evening of fellowship!

This was not the only reason I was filled with joy. Vijay and I were already thrilled that Tottenham drew 1-1 with Swansea and then we were overjoyed when Manchester United and Chelsea were whipped 2-3 and 1-3 by Blackburn and Aston Villa respectively!

But the joy was short-lived because I read about Malaysian police showing their fascist side again! Student leader Mohd Safwan Alang was critically injured after being allegedly attacked and assaulted in a police lockup after being arrested at a New Year’s Eve student rally for academic freedom, held at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim last night. Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) reported that another person had received stitches in Tanjung Malim hospital for his injuries.

Details of the attack were not immediately available. On-the-scene reports sent via Twitter messages said Safwan had lost consciousness after the attack and had initially been taken to Tanjung Malim hospital before being transferred to Slim River hospital.

From inside Tanjung Malim police station, student activist Adam Adli posted a message on Twitter that Safwan was punched twice in the face and was being assaulted in the police station – confirming that the police are brutalizing students who are only fighting for their democratic rights.

The following photos taken on a cameraphone have been posted by Solidariti Mahasiswa, an umbrella organisation of student bodies campaigning for academic freedom, university autonomy and the repeal of the Universities and University Colleges Act:

An unconscious Safwan Alang being taken to Slim River hospital in critical condition. Twitter photo by Solidariti Mahasiswa.

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