In the face of an Operasi Lalang Reloaded episode, we must remain calm and clear headed. Only then can we plan the steps that we can take next. I have also been extra cautious in what I write lately. Abang Din Merican has some good advice for all of us below:
We need to stay calm.
Our first order of business is to ensure that Mdm Marina Petra and their children are safe; we must stand ready to help them, moral as well as financial or any other way we can. Here I am counting on your understanding and cooperation. The Blogger Group at Fisherman’s Wharf led by Haris Ibrahim and Bernard Khoo will be planning something and I will keep you posted.
Second, let us pray that Raja Petra will be treated with dignity and granted his rights while in Police custody. He is strong and determined to rough it out. But he needs God and our prayers too. We must ensure that he is not forgotten by the Malaysian public.
Third, PR leaders will do everything they can to ensure that Raja Petra is safe. We have outstanding lawyers.
Finally, I hope those BN and UMNO MPs including those having fun in Taiwan realise that their government is increasingly repressive. They must now make a stand and join PR to change the way we run the country, if they truly care for their country and Malaysians who voted them into positions of respectibility. They must give Anwar Ibrahim the chance to lead us out of this political and economic mess created by an incompetent and corrupt government led by Badawi. The sooner the PR takes over the better it is for us all.
Your role? May I suggest that you ask your MP to act and join PR. You can also explain to friends and neighbours about what is happening to our country. Please ask them to pressure their MPs, but do not disrupt the peace or incite violence.
The days of sitting idly by and being unconcerned or indifferent are over. Today, it is Raja Petra. We could be next since we are dealing with leaders of UMNO-BN who are under mental siege. Save our country, our democracy, our economy, and protect our fundamental freedoms. —Din Merican
More advice from the Malaysia Today team.
Remember May 13. The government is trying to use the same methods to make people angry so that if we all take to the streets to protest, it will basically give them a free ticket to arrest more people. So we must be clear on what NOT to do. Let’s not fall into their trap.
I am being told many political party leaders are now talking about what is proper to say in public, so when commenting please exercise the same restraint.
Next, we also need to know that RPK has not associated himself to any power or position. He is just like you and me except that he means well, can swear better and can talk louder. So, there is NOTHING for the government to gain by arresting him except to perpetuate their rule and to create the emotions to help them stay in control.
People are not stupid or ignorant anymore. Today, we have the internet and mobile phones. We can always alert each other on the progress. Unlike 1969, when you are thirsty for news, you may get angry and you would go to the streets. Not today.
So stay tuned to the developments as we bring them to you. But please stay cool, keep properly informed and do not over-react.