I have just watched the video clip from Malaysiakini on the demolition of the surau in Kampung Berembang. It is very frightening for a citizen like me who have been very proud of my country [tag]Malaysia[/tag] for the harmony, peace and mutual respect that we had experienced so far.
I do not stand on any side of any political parties and I usually do not like to fan any fires where races and religions are concerned. In fact, I am very proud of the fact that many of my blog readers and people who linked me or I linked them are not the same race and religion as me.
But this time, I am ready to make an exception. I cannot bear to watch children being punched by adult who is carrying out his task in uniform. It can be clearly seen on the video. The surau was packed with hysterical, crying and frightened children. The shadow of a uniformed man was inside and you can see the hand hitting someone much shorter (smaller) than him.
I have always thought that [tag]Muslims[/tag]/Malays are the strongest race/group in our country because they have what most of us other races don’t have. I.e their mutual love and total self sacrifice for Allah. The one and only God. I always thought that they would be totally stuck to each other through their love for Allah. But what are we looking at here? Chaos, fights, people fainting, getting injured, women being dragged…..
The sight of JAIS doing the negotiation sort of sickened me.
Screenshot of video from Malaysiakini.
Why? Because whoever is in charge of the state/country ought to have the foresight that in a tense situation like these, they need someone of bigger authority. Someone who has the respect of all parties. Someone who can call the shots. Where is the Menteri Besar? Or some Cabinet Minister. Don’t they realised how grave the matter is? Demolishing a surau? This is a legitimate surau of Muslims. This is not some teapot, for God’s sake! Then again, maybe someone thinks he is a hero in his Western suit and tie. Or maybe the others are smart in not getting involved.
I know the houses of the [tag]Kampung Berembang[/tag] are illegally built. But what I can’t understand is:
1) How did the people of Kampung Berembang managed to live on that land for so many years? Who allowed that? When it was just a single squatter house, why didn’t the authority do anything about it?
2) Whatever happened to all those claims that [tag]UMNO[/tag] is fighting for the [tag]Malays[/tag]? Why do we have families living in tents (since the [tag]Ampang[/tag] council tore their house down) in deplorable conditions? I can see many small children. My heart breaks for them. UMNO has failed them.
3) What is the intended use of the land after they have evacuated?
4) Have the penduduk of Kampung Berembang been given any form of compensation/relief since their roof and shelters were torn down?
5) Did any of the ruling party been there to provide them the necessities like what was done to victims of natural disasters? Certainly the weak and the poor deserve some kindness?
Sadly, I just realised that uniformed bodies are have lost their shine. From police who turned hired killers (re the Mongolian model’s murder) to these who acted like gangsters. I know the men were merely carrying out their duties. I hope they can sleep tonight.
NOTE : If you wish to comment, please keep all the anger to yourselves or blog it at your own blog. I just want everyone to be aware of this situation but please remain calm because everyone will end up in a lose-lose situation if it is dealt with wrongly.