“We found that since the organisers had personally met us and agreed to abide by the rules we set, we gave the permission to carry [it] out. The organisers kept their word and everything went smoothly.”
The Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar commenting on the rally held by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) students to protest against Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s proposal that UiTM open up 10% of its student intake to non-bumiputeras. Source: theSun, 14 Aug 2008.
“In that situation, the police had to act as it is their responsibility to enforce the law and ensure public order is maintained.”
A 10 Nov 2008 Bernama.com report on Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar‘s defence of police action at the Bersih (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) anniversary gathering in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on 9 Nov. At the event, 24 people, including three opposition leaders, were arrested. Some of them were singing the national anthem when they were detained.