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Fwd: Violence in Malacca - DPM should act
By web aNtu
2/9/2000 10:22 pm Sat
Subject: [BUNGARAYA] Violence in Malacca - DPM should act
Datuk Abdullah Badawi Should Visit Melaka Town Immediately To Reassure The
Chinese Community That The Government Will Protect Their Lives And
Properties From Any Irresponsible Groups That Threatens Racial Harmony
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Abdullah Badawi should visit Melaka town
immediately to reassure the Chinese community that the Government will
protect their lives and properties from any irresponsible groups that
threatens racial harmony. After visiting the affected areas of the violence
yesterday, residents expressed both anger at fear at the lawlessness and the
absence of any police to stem these attacks.
Yesterday morning, huge groups of young people had attacked shophouses,
smashed car windows, desecrated temple lanterns and even religious altars on
houses along Jalan Hang Jebat, Jalan Tukang Besi, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in
Jalan Tokong, Kampung Pantei, Kampung Hulu, Jalan Munshi Abdullah and Lorong
Java. The residents said they were frightened at the large groups of youths
who rampaged through their areas after 12.30 am 31.8.2000.
What is even more frightening is that the youths were armed with bamboo
sticks, obviously willing to attack those who tried to defend their homes.
It is fortunate that no one was hurt in the attacks except for one Nanyang
Siang Pau photographer who was hurt when caught in a fight between two gangs
of youths in the Mahkota Parade shopping complex.
As Home Minister, Datuk Abdullah Badawi must come down personally to calm
the people as the attackers were all from one race and the victims from
another race. Desecrating places of religious worship is very sensitive and
has caused increased tension amongst the communities. If there was any
fight, then there would have been unfortunate racial incidents.
Datuk Abdullah Badawi should also come because the Melaka police has shown
their inability to cope with the violence. In fact when a resident in
Kampung Hulu called the police, the police put down phone and did not answer
her calls for help. No police came when the youths were attacking.
Datuk Abdullah Badawi must reassure the people in Melaka that the police
will take immediate steps to stop such violence, arrest and punish those
responsible. If the Melaka police can not cope, then Datuk Abdullah Badawi
should send urgent personnel and police officers from Bukit Aman to take
over the duty of ensuring public order and safety in Melaka.
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