Malaysians of all races must be too naive not to realise that the nation has two sets of laws: one for the ruling party, particularly Umno and the other for those who are against it. When Umno Youth chief and other leaders commented that the Hindraf demonstration leads to religious and racial sentiments and that gangsters were involved, little did they realise that Umno Youth is no different.
For the benefit of those "Melayu mudah lupa (Malays with short memory)", several hundred Umno Youth members had gathered outside the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (SCAH) on Aug 18, 2000 as a protest against the Malaysian Chinese Election Appeals Committee's (Suqiu) 17-point demand - some of which Umno claims to threaten Malay rights.
Malaysians of non-Umno breed will not forget how the Umno Youth deputy Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir, who led the demonstration, climbed and stood on the SCAH fence, hurling threats against the Chinese. It was reported that this group even threatened to burn down the hall. Yes, the police were present, but not a single shot of tear gas was fired at the demonstrators who were shouting racially-sensitive words. Neither were arrests made, perhaps because the demonstrators were Umno Youth.
In the first place, did Umno Youth obtain a police permit for that particular demonstration? If they didn't, then how different is it with the Bersih and Hindraf rallies? At least in those demonstrations, they didn't threatened to burn any building or soak the Malay keris with Chinese blood. If anything can be concluded, it is that the police use two different sets of laws for people with two different political ideologies.