Traffic jams caused havoc yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, with some motorists spending two hours in their cars before reaching their destination. Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said that Government had proof that road blocks by the Police was necessary to stop an illegal assembly outside Parliament house.
The question is asked, if there was a plan to assemble before Parliament, would it not be prudent to block the roads in the vicinity of the building; a safety net just for Parliament alone. Was it necessary to cordon off the whole of Kuala Lumpur, even as far as Seremban where road blocks by Police was evident during the week end. Were the Police over zealous in their zeal to create inconvenience and anger. Any good vibrations the people may have for the Government turned to annoyance and frustration. Trust me the Government has lost some much needed support of people who still cling on to Barisan Nasional.
Hamid adds the Police cannot be complacent and take no action when information is received. But he also says the planned assembly was for July 9, if it be so, why were road blocks necessary earlier.
It is obvious that the Government did not want to Anwar to be around especially with the no confidence motion being introduced in Parliament against the Prime Minister, but to my mind the debate should have been allowed by the Speaker as the issue would not go beyond the debating and no action is possible with the Barisan Nasional having the majority.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) — The government has proof that the failed illegal assembly outside Parliament House Monday was planned by the Opposition, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said.
While expressing his frustration with Opposition leaders for denying they were behind the assembly and instead accusing the government for naming them, Syed Hamid said the authorities received various information about it including that it was planned on July 9.
“Is it fair for the police to ignore public interest by not ensuring peace and security and letting the illegal assembly to take place,?” he told reporters at Parliament House Monday.
Syed Hamid said police had taken appropriate action by setting up road-blocks and limiting access to Parliament House as preventive steps leading to the illegal assembly taking place at Pasar Seni.
Some 20 people including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth chief, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, were at the 2pm assembly at Pasar Seni after failing to penetrate the police shield around Parliament House.
The assembly dispersed after three minutes when told to do so by police.
“If we did not take such early action the situation could have worsened. We are sad that due to this people were inconvenienced. I apologise to the public and the media who faced difficulty getting to Parliament but thank god our actions made the situation controllable,” Syed Hamid said.
He called on the Opposition to not politicise the issue of public peace and security.
During the Dewan Rakyat session, Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) asked Syed Hamid to give a full explanation in the House regarding the organisers of the illegal assembly.
“The intelligence received by the Home Ministry is irresponsible and amounts to preventing (PKR advisor) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from coming to Parliament today,” Mohamed Azmin said.
When asked about the explanation sought, Syed Hamid said he would not provide any explanation in the Dewan Rakyat.
“In the Dewan Rakyat there are rules and if I begin to break the rules people will say that I am teaching the Speaker how to run the proceedings,” he said.
Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein meanwhile said the police’s pro-active actions brought the situation under control.