SHAH ALAM, 1 Jan: Allegations by the police of finding machetes and knives in drains near the Daya Bumi Complex is a ‘stale’ modus operandi which has often been used.
It is to give a bad perception, thus aiming to strengthen accusations that the Reduce the Cost of Living Movement (Turun) assembly yesterday was meant to overthrow the government.
The Propaganda Director of Youth Solidarity Malaysia (SAMM), Edy Noor Reduan, said that the same modus operandi was used when the government faced a series of uprisings, particularly in previous rallies organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih).
“It was the same during the Bersih 2.0 rally. They supposedly found molotov cocktails made from plastic bottles, sharp weapons and shirts with Bersih 2.0 printed on it. However, until now, the police have been silent on this issue. What was the result of their investigation?
“What’s more is could the assembly last night overthrow the government by only using machetes and knives, when the authorities had sufficient personnel and equipment? This is absurd,” said Edy Noor when contacted by Selangor Kini today.
In April 2011, before the Bersih 2.0 rally took place, the police claimed to have found molotov cocktails made from plastic bottles, sharp weapons and shirts with the Bersih 2.0 logo at a location that is less secluded in Jalan Abd Rahman, Kuala Lumpur.
According to the police, a witness supposedly saw a masked man throwing plastic bags near a flower vase at the location.
The report was however disputed by the general public because it is considered humorous, like a Pak Pandir (joker) planting money robbed at a location and placing a sign ‘there is no money planted here’ on it.