Sunday, May 24, 2009

Penal Code 124

Penal Code 124:

“Whoever, with the intention of inducing or compelling or attempting to induce or compel a member of Parliament or of any legislative assembly or of any state executive council to exercise or refrain from exercising in any manner the lawful powers of such member, assaults or wrongfully restrains, or attempts wrongfully to restrain, or overawes by means of criminal force, or the show of criminal force, or attempts so to overawe, such member shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to a fine.”

Hmm...reading gives the impression of a policeman laying by force on an assemblyman or getting rough at them. I recalled of Janice Lee (I met her at Taiping for a late night dinner one Saturday by the way) getting arrested and roughed by the police twice this week, that she had to be remanded for two days at a police station.

I think the cops are getting illogical orders or directives by the top brass, IGP lapdog (likely) to clamp down on assembly gathering on various excuses. There is a problem with Malaysia and it seems the nation has gone upside down, black becoming white. It seems that there is a thinking that there is some hate for people who are smarter than the political masters fearing that they could turn against them due to their intelligence.

When I read the Penal Code 124, again, there is some sense of thinking that if the assemblyman, being part of a gathering being restrained by police, I think that they can use that Penal Code against the police. Remember Sivakumar warning State police Chief Zulkifli Abdullah of use of Penal Code 124 against the cops? It's like turning the tables against the oppressors. There was a Malaysiakini piece which said of police threatening to arrest all who are present at a vigil in Cheras, in which at the expense of people security, they decided to call it off. It's gone upside down, sending patriotic and innocent people instead of supposedly criminals.

I know it sounds jibberish, but if you, a casual reader read it a few times, it sounds like assemblymen or MPs can use that if they decide to sue the police. Unless the lawyers can point it out though that there are exceptions of that use of that piece of law.

Imagine if I get the chance to take part of a caretaker government position, the one thing that I would and other people in the group would to sack the top brass, because they have failed the people's trust.

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