Monday, May 26, 2014

UMNO Practises Door-Kicking and Egg-Throwing

UMNO Youth targeted Kuantan next. This time, Indera Mahkota division UMNO Youth chief Muhammad Faiz Hashim led a group of UMNO Youth and Malay NGO members to attack the DAP office in Kuantan, Pahang on Saturday. They damaged the front door and signboard as well as pelted the building with eggs. 

A short video by Sin Chew Daily showed protesters taking turns to unleash flying kicks on the front door while two others battered the signboard with a wooden rod.

There were supposedly ten police personnel at the scene but they decided to be bystanders rather than law enforcers. No wonder, the police don’t get any respect these days. 

The mob also displayed banners denouncing DAP and in fact illustrated their lack of education when they spelled “racist” as “rasict”!  

This reminds me that Mahathir Mohamad himself had once lamented the fact that only stupid Malays joined UMNO. Even if “celaka” is insulting – and which I do not think so – it was only directed at UMNO. Please do not equate Malays to UMNO; not all Malays are stupid.
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Pongmanat Tasiri, epa
Thailand has witnessed many weary months of political turbulence which has claimed at least 28 lives. I guess enough is enough.
On Tuesday, Thailand's armed forces declared martial law and three days later, Thai Army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that he had seized control of the government – marking the politically divided country’s twelfth military coup since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, and not including seven other attempted coups.
Unlike the last putsch in 2006, this one was not aimed at ousting a government leader. The coup had as a subtext the political awakening among rural Thais who have loyally supported Thaksin Shinawatra and benefited from patronage and policies such as universal health care and micro-loans. Those opposing him say he also took corruption to a new lofty level.
In a sense, it is possible to describe the military move as an attempt to wipe the slate clean for civilian politicians to start afresh.
Of course, classic democrats remain averse to any coup, but then again, worse things could have happened if Thailand’s color-coded factions go for each other’s throats and bringing with it, more violence and bloodshed. After all, they have been at loggerheads for some time now but things have become more serious since November 2013, when anti-government protesters took to the streets to suspend democracy itself.

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