FREE YOURSAY 'The police drawing their weapons in a civilian-led rally is criminal intimidation. I recall the AG framing a charge of attempted murder against Hindraf...'.
'I saw police officer pull his gun on protester'
Gerard Lourdesamy: Does the SOP (standard operating procedures) include pointing a gun at an unarmed civilian who is a protester?
This is the level of professionalism that our police displayed at Bersih 3.0 to the pride of the home minister? The IGP (inspector-general of police) should explain this.
Lim Chong Leong: In a proper crowd control, the police are not running around individually waving their guns but form a collective line to usher the crowd towards open spaces where the protesters will be spread out.
Our PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) however is different. Here we have a lone traffic police officer. It is obvious that he would feel threatened. And he would respond to protect himself against any perceived, though perhaps non-existent, threat.
This is what we get when the authorities give a ‘mat rempit' a uniform and a gun.
????: What do you expect from our high-handed Umno police force? You have being voting for them for over 54 years and now expect them to change for the good of the country.
Bad habits are hard to change unless there is more drastic action. Look at Egypt, Iraq and now Syria.
Nothing will change with this regime and they continue to siphon the nation's wealth and take the law into their own hands to protect their right to do so.
What can we say but that you deserve the regime that you having been voting for.
Mano: Bersih did not lose control on April 28. The police lost control. Period.
Pear Tree: We are complaining about the very force that we know was inferior from day one. The police force is where you go if you didn't make it through school.
Going on that premise, how can we expect officers of low intellect to exercise rational behaviour when carrying out their duties.
The police department is just another arm of the civil service designed to soak up the underclass (and they make the perfect peons).
Jemey: So what's the problem? I think it's standard procedure for a police officers who was under attack.
Kudos to him for not shooting and kudos to the protestors for backing off after being given the warning.
Don't Play-Play: At the ratio of 1:600 (between the police and the Bersih protesters), a gun cannot do much to protect the officer.
It is like comparing a pistol with bomb. For the officer to keep the pistol in it holster when confronted by a mob that has blood in their minds is like committing suicide.
What the officer did is only to warn them. No bullet was fired. It was justified.
ACR: The justification by some readers on the issue of the police officer drawing his weapon is appalling.
I wish a traffic cop points a gun at their face the next time they are stopped for some traffic violation.
The police drawing their weapons in a civilian-led rally is criminal intimidation.
I recall the attorney-general framing a charge of attempted murder against hundreds of protesters at the Hindraf rally in November 2007 for throwing stones at a group of FRU.
Can anything beat such sense of idiocy inherent in our government agencies tasked with upholding the law, thanks to 22 years of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's rotten rule - a legacy carried on till this day by Umno.
Wira: From the video, we can see a hoard of advancing police officers, sans firearms, behind the gun-drawn ‘cowboy'.
The traffic police officer under threat? My foot! It looks more like the protestors were under attack.
Chee Hoe Siew: The video clearly shows the police officer using his gun to threaten the people.
I am really sick right now seeing not only the level of police brutality, but such a lack of discipline from the officer of the law.
How can we trust this kind of people to maintain the law for us when they are all but lawful?
Ruben: Well Mr IGP, I hope you seriously take this evidence into account.
A police officer aiming his gun at retreating protestors and backed by another two police officers - it did not at all look like the officer was in trouble.
Vgeorgemy: Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein lost complete control over the police, which have become thugs for ultra-right wing of Umno.
For the PM, this is called transformation.
Ferdtan: We should send our police officers to Israel - they would be proud of our men for showing such an excellent and effective crowd control. The Palestinians would be extremely scared.
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