The Home Ministry had cited the more than 3,000 police reports lodged mainly by Umno operatives, Perkasa followers as well as their proxies against Bersih 2.0 as the basis for the authorities taking action against the July 9 rally organizers.
However, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is now turning the tables and asking the public to similarly lodge police reports against the police themselves.
PSM’s one-day campaign was targeted nationwide yesterday. The difference with the Umno-generated reports was that these reports on July 16 were generated transparently and by multiracial stakeplayers without a political hidden hand trying to manipulate the process.
The plan of action involved getting the concerned public and NGOs to make police reports in order to exert pressure on the government for the release of six PSM members presently held under the Emergency Ordinance 1969. The EO6 are Choo Chon Kai, Sarat Babu, M Sarasvathy, M Sukumaran, A Letchumanan and Dr D Jeyakumar Devaraj.
Police reports were requested to be made anytime anywhere in the country against the Home Minister, and the Inspector General of Police and his deputy.
Briefly, the police report said that Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, IGP Ismail Omar and deputy IGP Khalid Abu Bakar have made false allegations against the EO6 and PSM, and have violated the human rights of the six detainees as well as additionally that the public fears for their safety in police hands.
The six PSM activists have been kept in solitary confinement and subjected to intense interrogations over the last fortnight by the police, CID and Special Branch from Bukit Aman. The questioning is clearly aimed at trolling for any sort of evidence that can discredit Bersih and the opposition.
The Eo6: USM science graduate Choo, 31, is editor of PSM’s Socialist News Daily in Mandarin; part-time law student Sarat, 25, is PSM Youth chairman and previously Perak coordinator for the Jerit’s Bicycle Campaign, PSM deputy chairman Sarasvathy, 58, is active in women’s groups and contested the Jelapang state seat in the 2008 general election; grassroots men Sukumaran, 50 and Letchumanan, 49 are PSM Sg. Siput branch chairman and secretary respectively while first-time Parliamentarian Dr Jeyakumar, 56, is one of the party founders and Sungai Siput MP.