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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kg Berembang News Update! Khir Toyo Overrules the PM!


After almost 8 hours of defending 62 houses in Kampung Berembang, finally the police and local authorities crushed the resistance resulting in 23 arrests including arrest of PSM and JERIT leaders, houses being demolished and burned down and one women in a very critical condition, fighting for her life in the hospital.
After only managing to demolish 2 houses on Friday, the MPAJ(Local authorities) with the developers and the police came again this morning to finish the job which they failed to complete last week.

At the village, all three entrances to the village have been blocked by human shield and other items. There were also a large number of activists mainly from JERIT and PSM, along with several other villagers from other Urban Settlers community aligned to the Coalition of Housing and Urban Settlers present. The situation was tense and the people waited for the showdown.

After more than 3 hours of initial stand-off, the first ambush by MPAJ at around 10.30am saw a massive clash between the local authorities and the villagers.

The fight broke out with every corner, fist fighting, punching and dragging. The local authorities with 3 huge demolition machines failed to penetrate the human shield but it resulted in the local authorities arresting and assaulting 8 people – 2 villagers and 6 activist.

The assault was brutal but the people were equally strong and the first wave of attack by the authorities failed. There were injuries from both sides. Both parties retreated to original positions.

Then came the second round of stand still. The District Police Chief of Ampang, ACP Amer and his high ranking officers were also prevented from entering the area from another location. That resulted in another arrest by the police. Human Rights Commissioner, Dato Siva Subramaniam arrived shortly.

Then in a series of negotiations between the District police Chief, Dato Siva, MPAJ officer- Ismail, the developer and PSM Secretary general S.Arutchelvan created a stand still but a tense situation.

The police Chief told that he prefers to call off the operation as he said the situation is very tense and serious and he wants to avoid a bloodshed.

Siva Subramaniam said that the demolition should be called off and SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission) will conduct a meeting with the relevant bodies to resolve the issue.

But the Local authorities- MPAJ who were under the Instruction of the Developers was very adamant to bull doze. They told the police that they have enough people to carry out the operation.

The police then told all parties to hold on, as there were attempt to reach certain Government authorities to call off the exercise.

Both parties stood their ground. The developers and the MPAJ said that the people did not have an Injunction while the people said that the case was to be heard in April next year and therefore the authorities have to wait and the land status must remain unchanged.

Then the police Chief, MPAJ and SUHAKAM representative went to the Developers site office with the instruction that there should be no forced eviction until some agreement can be reached.

Just after 1 pm, the whole situation from gloom changed to happiness when 2 villagers shouted victory and carried with them some papers. They managed to get a letter calling for the demolition and forced eviction to be postponed. The letter was released by the Prime Minister's Department and signed by the Prime Minister's private secretary. The villager Pak Lang told the people gathered, that the Government has opened its eyes.

We have a letter now and thanked everyone. The activists were very cautious and told the people not to be fooled but wait for the final confirmation that the forced eviction exercise will be called off.

Pak Lang has already started singing praises for the Prime Minister.

A team of villagers and the PSM Sec Gen, S.Arutchelvan then took the letters to the Developers site office. They were shocked to find that the Developers has catered a lot of food to feed the government servants.

Meanwhile the Human Rights Commission representative , Dato Siva said that the letter is good enough to stop the demolition of houses.

He said this is from the highest authority- The Prime Minister's Office. He later held a Press Conference at the side and left.

An hour later, things became sour again when Riot police started parking their heavy vehicles in two main entrance to the village.

The news then came that the Selangor Chief Minister (MB) Khir Toyo has overruled the PM's letter and has called for the operation to carry on.

Pak Lang was stunned and in tears. The villagers were stunned. The Villagers then made a human chain with the activists and waited for the ultimate assault, which was imminent.

Then a team of police under the order of the Deputy Police Chief came to arrest PSM Secretary General S.Arutchelvan, who was at that time the key negotiator.

He was told to surrender but he remained defiant. Arul was then arrested, dragged and handcuffed by around ten policemen. He was then taken away to a separate police detention center.

The rest of the people continued to hold on. They managed to hold on for another half an hour, then the next series of arrest took place.

Sivarajan, PSM's Treasurer, Chang Lih Kang- SUARAM were arrested, other JERIT leaders as well other activists and villagers were arrested.

13 more people were arrested, a fight broke out, more people got injured and one young lady collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She was taken to the Hospital nearby!

The authorities moved from every angle, one house was razed and the rest went down one by one.

The resistance collapsed under a heavy presence of riot police with authorities outnumbering the people by 3 to 1.

All those arrested were taken to the Hulu Kelang police station except for Arutchelvan who was kept at the Ampang Police Headquaters.

He was later taken to the Hulu Kelang Police Station and after a massive protest by Human Rights Groups, all those arrested were released just before midnight the same day.

They were released on police bail and told to report at the Ampang magistrate on 4 th December 2006.

Around ten police reports at different parts of the country was also done by the JERIT network condemning the arrests and the forced evictions..

At the village, the houseless people erected tents.

They were still stunned how the Chief Minister- Khir Toyo can overrule a letter from the Prime Minister's department? They are now more convinced that the Prime Minister has no control over this matter.

The Human Rights Commission @ SUHAKAM is equally stunned and are going to call for a Press Conference the following day.

The arrest of 23 people is perhaps the first time after many years when such a huge resistance was put up.

The last major resistance in an Urban Settlers area was in 1998 in Kampung Sg. Nipah where 55 people were arrested.

Today the resistance in Kampung Berembang has radicalized the community there.

The people are putting up tents and are staying put in the same land. Under the ruins, they are going to attempt to build their homes again.

The resistance this time also saw how the various races can unite under a class solidarity to fight the oppressors. The villagers- all of them Muslim Malays have now realized a few important lesson.

They now see that the issue is simply that the Developer(capitalist) has bought over the local authorities and the State Government and police are standing behind them. The Prime Minister's letter did not stand.

The only people who stood with the poor urban settlers were other settlers from various ethnic and comrades from the socialist party and the JERIT coalition as well as the other activists! They now understand who are their allies and who are their enemy.

List of people arrested:

1. Adli Abdul Rahman

2. Ahmad Tamrin

3. Arutchelvan

4. Awalluddin Sharif

5. Azman Mohd

6. Chang Lih Kang

7. Ebrahim Haris

8. Faezae Ramzi (15 years old)

9. Fiqtriey bin Al Hakimi

10. Kumaravee

11. Lechumy Devi Doraisamy

12. Lee Huat Seng

13. Mohan

14. Mohd. Rajis

15. Parames Elumalai

16. Ramachanthiran Ananthan

17. Ramalingam Thirumalai

18. Sabariah Ayoub

19. Sevan

20. Sivarajan

21. Thevarajan Ramasamy

22. V. Wani

23. Sugumaran

Article taken from Parti Sosialis Malaysia's Report and published here.


WTF said...

Mahaguru, I am so angry and upset with this blatant oppression of the poors and underprivileged.

Thank you for highlighting the plights of these people ; I for one know what to do in the coming General Election .

Please tell me what are the punishment from Allah to these people who are so inhumane in the hereafter ?

mahaguru58 said...

There are many verses in the Qur'an which addresses these oppression by those in authority yet rule over the people with cruelty.

I refer to one hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam in Sahih Bukhari, Book of Ahkam (Judgements) Chapter 4 Page 1025, Hadith No.2203 :

Narrated (Tarif Abi Tamima) Jundab Radhiallahu Anhu, said that he heard Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam saying," Whoever does a good deed in order to show off, Allah will expose his intentions on the Day of Resurrection (before the people), and whoever puts the people into difficulties (as in Kg Berembang), Allah will put him (the cruel ones)into difficulties on the Day of Resurrection!

The hadith above clearly tells us of how insincere persons who do 'good things' just to impress the people, will be exposed in the Day of the Resurrection by Allah SWT for their true characters to be that as hypocrites!

Allah SWT will also put those (in authority) who oppress and inflict such untold cruelty and misery upon the poor hapless victims (such as the villagers of Kg Berembang)in difficulties on the Day of Resurrection itself!

They will be harshly dealt with by the Malaikats of Allah SWT and they will never be allowed to enter Paradise as stated in the following hadith:

Sahih Bukhari, Book of Ahkam @ Judgements, Chapter 4 Page 1025, Hadith 2202:

Narrated (Ma'qil bin Yasar) Radhiallahu Anha -May Allah be pleased with him : Allah's Messenger Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam said, " If any ruler having the authority to rule Muslim subjects dies while he is deceiving them ( not giving them their due rights or allow them wht they deserve- ample time to relocate without being dealt as they have been at Kg Berembang and other localities), Allah will forbid Paradise for him!"

Sadaqa Rasulullah SAW! Verily the Prophet peace be upon him has spoken the Truth!

Oppressors will be punished accordingly in the Hereafter!

Billy said...

Hi Brother MG : After days of apprehensions following the UMNO GA, your report on the Kg Berembang incident brought a breath of fresh air back to us again, and I thank you for it. It just goes to show, down at the people's level, the ordinary man in the street, we still care for one another, irrespective of race, colour or creed. It is those UMNO politicians that are really screwing our lives up, and yet they still think they can do no wrong. For the brave Malaysians, the ordinary rakyat, I salute you for your courage.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
[Matthew 5:3-12]

mahaguru58 said...

May Peace be unto you Brother Billy!

We, the people of Malaysia must realise that we are all interconnected as a community of Mankind!

We may differ in our ethnicities and faith but deep down we all feel the same pain, the same joy and the same emotions and passions that shows that we are all the Children of Our Father, the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam, may peace be upon him!

The Kg Berembang squatters who are mostly Malay Muslims now know that they can depend on their fellow Malaysians from the Chinese and the Indian communities to come to their defence and together face up to the authorities who although mostly made up of Malay Muslims forget their responsibilities to exercise their authority in a manner befitting them as Muslims who must obey Allah the Almighty God and the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam in carrying out their orders!

Islam forbids those who are in authority to deal with their subjects in a harsh and cruel manner!

When these authorities do what they have done, they have to face Almighty Allah in the Hereafter and answer for their highhandedness!

As for the Malaysian Malays, now you know that those who crow like bloody cocks in Parliament and in the recent General Assembly of UMNO won't put to practice what they preach!

Where the hell are Pemuda UMNO?

Where the hell are Putera UMNO?

Where are Hishamudin and Khairy with their promises to defend the Malays with their raised 'kris'es' to champion the cause of the poor Malays?

All bloody hogwash! I am ashamed to see such rhetoric spewers who only are masquarading as the Champions of the Malays when the TV cameras are focused on them but in reality it is none but the 'Keling Hindu' and the 'China Bukit' who have come to defend the Malays who all these while used to insult their fellow Malaysians from the Indian and Chinese communities as such!

To the Malays of Kg Berembang, I ask this: 'Siapa pembela kamu? UMNO? MCA? MIC? GERAKAN?'

Hanya mereka dari komuniti India dan China yang ada keberanian turun membela nasib kamu semua!

Ya, mereka yang selama ini dihina, dicaci dan digelar Keling dan Apek yang ada semangat 'kejantanan' yang sebenarnya untuk bersama kamu mempertahankan rumah rumah kamu!

Mereka sedia meletakkan diri dan nyawa mereka sendiri menahan pukulan dan belasahan dari FRU dan gerombolan sesama bangsa dan agama kamu iaitu Melayu Melayu yang menjadi Pasukan Penguatkuasa rakus dari MPAJ!

Sedarlah diri! Celikkan lah mata hati kamu terhadap siapa sebenarnya rakan senegara kamu dan siapa petualang bangsa kamu yang sebenarnya!

Islam tinggal nama saja! Yang bermaharajalela adalah Wang, Pangkat dan Kedudukan!

Inilah hakikat sebenarnya keadaan dinegara kita ini!

Wallahi Wabillahi! Semoga Allah SWT memberikan pengajaran setimpalnya kepada mereka yang mahazalim!

Mahathir dah tak berkuasa dah! Dah tak boleh nak letak label Mahafir'aun terhadap beliau!

Nah, sekarang zaman Islam Hadhari!

Nak kutuk dan maki siapa lagi wahai rakyat Kg Berembang kalau tidak Al Toyo yang melangkaui kuasa sang mamanda Perdana Menteri?

Fikir lah sewaras warasnya! Kuasa ditangan siapa sebenarnya dinegara ini?

Rakyat cuma anak tangga tempat mereka menginjak ke takhta takhta kerajaan dan bila sang miskin menjerit meminta belas kasihan dan pertimbangan, maka belantan FRU datang memecah kepala kepala mereka! Adil sungguh ! Entahlah!

Memang hadith Nabi SAW tentang keadaan diakhir zaman ini sudah menjadi kenyataan!

'Di akhir zaman akan datang satu keadaan dimana wanita wanita akan berpakaian tetapi 'telanjang' dan orang orang yang berkuasa akan memgang cemeti dan memukul rakyat jelata!'

Nah! Apakah tidak benar dizaman kita ini , perempuan perempuan tak kira bangsa dan agama ramai memperagakan pusat, perut, buntut dan dada dada mereka dikhalayak ramai?

Apakah tidak benar FRU memecahkan kepala, mematahkan tulang temulang sang rakyat yang cuba sedaya upaya mempertahankan hak hak mereka?

Sedarilah keadaan sebenarnya dinegara ini yang kununnya telah merdeka! Merdeka memang merdeka tetapi masih dijajah oleh sesama bangsa dan agama!

La haula wala quwwata illa billah hil aliyyil azhim! Tiada Kuasa selain Allah yng Maha Perkasa!

Manusia akan kembali kepada Allah dan akan disoal tentang kuasa yang dipinjamkan oleh Allah SWT secara sementara kepada mereka!

anthraxxxx said...

I think this touching comment of yours deserves a full post.