Has anyone given a serious thought as to who were the people likely to be involved in planting the explosives during the ‘Free Anwar’ rally at the Jalan Duta Court complex Monday last, other than what was commented by the police? Has anyone seriously argued or reasoned out what was the real motive behind the planting of the explosives?
It was reported that the explosives were time activated and placed under a police cone. We were told that the police had cleared the area around the court complex a day before and continued to maintain surveillance of the area till the very last minute. I am told that there were several hundred policemen deployed to maintain tight security around the court complex a day before, and continued their presence until the crowd gradually dispersed after the verdict on Anwar Ibrahim was announced.
What comes to mind about this peculiar incident is that the nature of explosives used (as described by the police) cannot be prepared by any ordinary person. It has to be done by someone with a good knowledge in the handling of explosive and if it is to be timed activated, the process is even more difficult. With this in mind therefore, the operation to plant the explosive cannot be done in haste; rather it has to be deliberately done and this would involve more than one person. One must be reminded that for an explosion to occur there has to be at least three basic components used i.e. detonating cord, detonator and the charge. I am to remind my readers that these three basic components are not readily available in the sundry shop or super market. These are highly controlled items available only to the military, police and companies involved in quarry blasting.
To most, the immediate reaction to this incident is to square blame on the people that attended the rally, and this would mean supporters of the opposition and their sympathizers. I detest to such a view because I know too well that it is beyond the crowd’s ability or intent to deliberately plant explosives without being detected, and of all places under a police cone. If at all the crowd wanted to be unruly, they do not need explosives to cause a riot. Even their bare hands could be equally destructive.
Now, let’s back track to the Reformasi Movement of 1998 and the recent Bersih 2.0 rally. Were there explosive used? Yes, the police did find some ‘Molotov cocktail’ during the Bersih 2.0 rally but even that, I believe it wasn’t the work of members of the rally. It was some flimsy job by some ‘agent provocateurs’ who let the find by the police who then claimed that it is the work of members of the rally. How convenient.
Now, in the case of the explosion at the Jalan Duta court complex, I again say that it isn’t the work of anyone from the crowd because they had no interest in being riotous, even if the verdict on Anwar Ibrahim was a guilty verdict. I do not wish to place blame on anyone but my gut feeling says that some professional hands maybe involved.
I did speak to some of my military friends about the incident, and one responded by saying that this is a job done by someone stupid who thinks that we are all stupid to place the blame on the rally. Now, who could that someone stupid be? Your guess is as good as mine.
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