Bandar Mahkota Cheras – The Fall of the Barricade

I have not been reading the newspaper lately. Most of my reading comes from the internet, but as I was going out just now, I overheard from the news on television that 20 FRU members beat up 4 youths in a car. So I was curious and the moment I reach my friend’s house, I begin searching for the news. It took some time but I finally found it. 

Ok as usual I extract all this online, so here goes, this is a video extracted from The Star Online :

(If you still have no idea on what’s going on, viewing this video will kinda update you. ^^,)

Standoff over Cheras barrier

A scuffle broke out when residents of Bandar Mahkota attempted to remove a barricade that was built to prevent access into the area Tuesday evening. A few residents were attacked and wounded.

So the video you just watched is dated 27th May 2008, but the following video will show you what happens a few weeks back. The following video is added 9th May 2008 and this video is extracted from Malaysiakini.com :
The tranquil suburb of Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) descended into chaos last night when police doused some 500 residents with water cannons and fired dozens of tear gas canisters into the crowd.
BMC Residents Doused and Gassed

 In my opinion the video above is very very interesting. Looks like a warzone.

And this is about what I heard earlier on the news. This video and report are also extracted from Malaysiakini.com :

Cheras, Victim of Police Brutality?

By his account, he was only a curiosity-seeker who wanted to know what was
going on at the site of a disputed barricade near Bandar Mahkota Cheras
(BMC) last night.

In no time at all, however, Chang Jiun Haur was soaked in his own blood
after being repeatedly beaten by 20 riot squad (FRU) personnel armed with
batons and boots with steel toes.

Chang, 21, his sister and two friends were driving away from the site of the
barricade about 11.30pm, when their car was surrounded by police personnel
who had earlier dealt with a fracas involving BMC residents.

A high-ranking police officer at the scene claimed that Chang had run over a
FRU personnel with his car.

“He asked for it. He ran over a policeman and he got what he deserved,” the
officer told Malaysiakini a few minutes after the incident.

Asked to identify the person who was hit by the car, the officer had initial
difficulty in persuading the individual to come forward.

When he did so, the man – who appeared unscathed – claimed: “He tried to run
me over… look at my baton, it is broken. What more evidence do you want?”

However, a police officer who took Chang to the Kajang Hospital said none of
the personnel had been hit by the injured man’s car.

Chang, when met at the hospital at 12.30am, have also denied this as well:
“We had just come back (to Kuala Lumpur) from Port Dickson and wanted to see
what was going on.”

He was lying on a bed, with a bloodied mouth. His shirt had been torn off by
the police, and his shorts were drenched in blood. He was crying from the
shock and trauma, and was unable to say much more.

It is learnt that Chang was placed in the intensive care unit. The other
occupants of his car were arrested last night, but were released today
according to BMC Open Road Committee chairperson Tan Boon Hwa who has been
keeping tabs on last night’s dramatic events.

DAP Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu, who visited Chang later last
night, said the police had over-reacted and that the excessive use of force
could not be justified.

“The police should maintain law and order and not assault people. I am
disappointed. My party will provide Chang and the others with lawyers,” Liu
said.

‘Journalists attacked’

Chinese-language dailies reported today that more than 10 people were
seriously injured in yesterday’s incident, which saw BMC residents assaulted
by ‘thugs’ allegedly hired by toll concessionaire Grand Saga.

However, the company has disassociated itself from the incident, also saying
it does not condone violence.

About 7pm yesterday, defiant residents attempted to tear down the barricade
that had just been rebuilt, but were confronted by unidentified men armed
with iron rods, helmets and sticks.

“They attacked the residents immediately. About 10 people were assaulted,
and three of them were reporters. Their cameras were confiscated as well,”
claimed Tan.

Star reported that Utusan Malaysia photographer Roy Azis Abdul Aziz had been
beaten up when he tried to take photos of the fracas.

BMC resident Chin Kee Chong’s right arm was broken (right) and he suffered
injuries to his head
, while another resident – Lee Ah Seng – sustained
severe injuries to his head, which required seven stitches.

Some residents claimed that several policemen present during the incident
had failed to intervene.

Kajang police chief Shakaruddin Che Mood, however, said they were only
traffic policemen whom he had sent to the area for traffic control.

“They were too busy controlling traffic and could not do anything,” he told
reporters, adding that five police reports have been lodged on the assault.

Grand Saga has been involved in a long-running dispute over its bid to block
a toll-free access road from BMC to the Cheras-Kajang Highway. The barricade
has been rebuilt on three occasions, after being torn down by residents.

The Selangor menteri besar’s political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ali, has
said that a response will be issued today over last night’s incident.

So that’s about it. But from my opinion because of this one barricade, so many people got hurt. And I do not blame the resident for destroying the barricade because I just don’t understand why block a nicely built road and force people to drive an additional 6km and pay a RM0.90 toll instead of removing the barricade? Ok if you say paying the toll is no problem do you know how much fuel is burnt driving that additional 6km? What did I say about global warming? What happens to the lowering of fuel comsumption? Its poor planning like this that makes the people suffer!

And then to the beating of Chang Jiun Haur. What the hell was that? Its uncalled for. The police officer that “supposedly” got ran over suffered a broken baton. But what about Chang. He could have got a broken nose. Damn!!! And how can even a police say he deserved it? How can you be sure that he tried to ran over you?? Why don’t you sit in your trucks and let 1000 residents surround you. See how that feels!! You think you police are street gangsters? Bloody idiots. You think you have license to kill? The best course of action is just to arrest, because even you police can make the wrong judgement and apparently in this case you did.

Lastly about the attack on journalists. What were the police doing? Dreaming?  Aren’t traffic police a police officer too? Even so, when you see people got attacked, common sense dictactes that you go and help. Not jaga traffic. I believe human lives are always first priority!

This is clearly unprofesionalism shown by the police force and also Grand Saga. Police force are becoming more like street gangsters in Malaysia and seriously I think they are no longer there to protect the citizens anymore. And when this kind of case happens, the police will say ” Don’t worry we will thoroughly investigate” and then *poof* no actions taken. A pile of bullsh*t!

I really feel very angry and very disappointed. What are the government doing? Why does the government only takes action when somebody was hurt or when these kind of news goes into the newspaper? I guess they forget that people who are there will remember what happen. And what has happened to democracy? This is no longer democracy but oppresive ruling! We no longer have the rights to speak! The moment we open our mouth, we are threatened!

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4 Responses to “Bandar Mahkota Cheras – The Fall of the Barricade”


  1. 1 Eliza May 31, 2008 at 6:50 am

    This country is a goner. Finished. Those whom I know, with money, are migrating. Liquidating their assets and leaving for good as I write this. If the country’s police force and FRU attacked its citizens, the country is definitely a goner. Bodowi just keep quiet. I wish something really bad & tragic would happen to him and his family. He is not the leader of this country. He is merely the leader of umno.

  2. 2 Chung Vi May 31, 2008 at 11:37 am

    fact:
    One of Grand Saga biggest share holder is the Selangor Government itself which own 20% of the company’s share.

    view:
    (most) law enforcers at Malaysia are utterly stupid and they carry out their task by thinking with their ass. The citizens are their real employer since their salary comes from tax paid by the citizen. Instead of serving the people, they are abusing their power and show act of violence on them.

    question:
    Would you hit your own boss with a baton??

  3. 3 LALILOo May 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    The deafening SILENCE from the head of our country over the public standoff with the police force and the highway operators is PUZZLING and STRANGE.
    The PM has not made any statement on this.
    It is as if he doesn’t know.
    It is as if he doesn’t want to know.
    The fact is that he doesn’t care.

    There you go. He, and the rest of the party, are the same goondu that you all had voted for in the election.
    To the ones who had voted for the BN, I hope you’re happy with what’s happening.
    To the ones who voted against them, I hope you’re REALLY HAPPY with our little new found voice. Make sure you do better in the next election.

  4. 4 Sheikh Housein May 31, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Abdullah bin Badawi is certainly not a GOOD LEADER and STRONG LEADER. Till today he just kept quiet and does not seem to take any action of POLICE BRUTALITY that had happen in the BMC Saga.
    Why talk about ISRAELI AGGRESSION against Palestines, when in our own country, the PDRM is a true AGGRESSOR and behaves like THUGS and GANGSTERS. The actions of FRU had tarnished the country and the entire police force. Perhaps Dr M is right, Abdullah must go.
    MCA is also seem irrelevant, no one seems to be making noise over this incident. And the much promised, Special Commission on Police Actions is yet to be tabled in Parliment.

    This country is certainly gone to DOGS. And PDRM certainly gone nuts and a real disgrace. And worst the 4 alleged people are investigated for rioting and murder charge. The question is why PDRM is not investigating the ACTIONS of FRU, why Bahagian Tatatertib is not doing anyting. Its a real shame, and the IGP should resign, for his failure in making PDRM a professional force.

    And one officer even had the nerve, to say..he deserved it…What ever happen to the LAWS of this country. So in a way he is telling..the POLICE Is Free to whack anyone in this country.
    This is real shame, the police had never change, its full of corrupted officials and ought to be sacked. But its a pity they are given the Royal insiginia, and in a way its also bringing shame to the KING.


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