Saturday, 12 February 2011

Emergency Laws to be lifted when Security Permits

Doesn't it sound similar?

Malaysia is still under a state of emergency and the BN Government
insists that Malaysia is peaceful, but still need the emergency laws
to maintain the peace.

Doesn't it sound familiar?

Malaysians don't find it strange. They believe peace is above the
constitution. They think that peace requires the setting aside of the
constitution and yet keep on reminding everyone to obey and protect
the constitution.

No wonder Malaysia and Egypt are the most backward nations on earth,
with Sabah among the poorest in the whole world. North Korea may be
even worse but looking at Pyongyang, it was more progressive than even
Kota Kinabalu. We hear stories of starvation in North Korea, but we
can't be sure about the situations in Sabah. When there is no state
welfare, unlike North Korea, starvation or deprivation is sure to be

* Published 15:28 11.02.11
* Latest update 15:28 11.02.11

Report: Mubarak, family leave Cairo amid persisting unrest
Al Arabiya says beleaguered Egyptian president leaves for Sinai of
Sharm el-Sheikh as protesters call on the military to take action to
push Mubarak out.
By News Agencies Tags: Israel news Hosni Mubarak Egypt protest

Al Arabiya television reported on Friday that President Hosni Mubarak
and his family had left Cairo from a military airbase in the suburbs
and had travelled to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Egypt protest - Reuters - 11.2.2011

Egyptian protestors standing near army tanks in the opposition
stronghold of Tahrir Square, in Cairo February 11, 2011.
Photo by: Reuters

It did not give a source for the series of reports on the movement of
the president and his family. Al Arabiya said it had confirmed the
arrival of the president and his family in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Al Arabiya report came as Egypt's powerful military backed
Mubarak's plan to stay in office until September elections earlier
Friday, enraging hundreds of thousands of protesters who deluged the
squares of Cairo and Alexandria and marched on presidential palaces
and state television - key symbols of the authoritarian regime.

The army's show of solidarity with the president was a heavy blow to
protesters who called on the military to take action to push Mubarak
out after he announced Thursday night that he would hand most of his
powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman but remain in office.

The Armed Forces Supreme Council, the military's highest body,
depicted itself as the champion of reform in its latest statement.
Trying to win the trust of an angry and skeptical population, the army
promised to make sure Mubarak lifts hated emergency laws immediately
once protests end. Mubarak and Suleiman had only given a vague
timetable for ending the law - when security permits.

Still, the profound disappointment that Mubarak did not step down on
Thursday turned to rage on Friday and protests escalated.

"What are you waiting for?" one protester yelled in the face of an
army officer outside Mubarak's main palace, Oruba, in northern Cairo,
where a crowd of demonstrators grew to more than 2,500. "Did you
pledge your allegiance to the president or the people?" another

It was not known if Mubarak was in the palace, one of at least three
in Cairo, or even in the capital. The palace was protected by four
tanks and rolls of barbed wire, but soldiers did nothing to stop more
people from joining the rally.

The march on the palace were the first by protesters who for nearly
three weeks have centered their mass demonstrations in Cairo's
downtown Tahrir Square.

More than 10,000 tore apart military barricades in front of the
towering State Television and Radio building, a pro-Mubarak bastion
that has aired constant commentary supporting him and dismissing the
protests. They swarmed on the Nile River corniche at the foot of the
building, beating drums and chanting, Leave! Leave! Leave! They
blocked employees from entering, vowing to silence the broadcast.

Soldiers in tanks in front of the building did nothing to stop them,
though state TV continued to air.

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