This guy Henry Loh is an Aliran exco member.
Aliran is a Penang NGO that is in Lim Guan Eng’s good books – make that very, very good books.
Henry attended the recent anti-Lynas protest at the Esplanade in Penang and wrote an article which was published in the Aliran portal.
The Aliran article is titled ‘Goon squad given free hand to spread terror’. Aside from the word “goon” appearing in the headline, it is also repeated five more times in the body text.
I’m excerpting below his description of the Umno Youth and allegedly Perkasa people who disrupted the anti-Lynas protest. And I’ve also put bold emphasis on some words and phrases that merit extra attention.
The thing is this: The Dong Jiao Zong rally on Sunday cannot be said to have proceeded peacefully either.
So the question is this: Would Aliran in its portal employ the same tone and same vocabulary to condemn those DJZ-DAP supporting individuals/crowd who roughed up deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong?
Or should we expect double standards as usual?
Excerpts of what Henry Loh wrote:
“a group of 30-50 individuals who made it very loud and clear that they were Lynas supporters”
“The behaviour of this group was disturbing and unsettling.”
“they resorted to rough and abusive tactics hoping to intimidate and drive fear into the much larger crowd of peaceful anti-Lynas protesters.”
“their ruffian-like behaviour”
“such people are just incapable of behaving in a mature and civil manner”
“If their parents – assuming they are decent and respectable human beings – had been around to observe what these thugs said and did – then they would have been thoroughly ashamed of their children.”
“The adjective “kurang ajar” is an apt description of the disgusting demeanour of this small group of Lynas supporters.”
“Unbecoming behaviour is way too mild to describe what this group of ruffians and gangsters did that day.”
“When speakers such as Suaram’s Ng Eng Kiat of Suaram, Penang state exco member Chow Kon Yeow and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng tried to speak, these hooligans made as much noise as possible to disrupt the speeches.”
“They also confronted the anti-Lynas protesters and insisted that the gathering be called off.”
“They kept shouting for us to “Balik! Balik!” pointing their index fingers menacingly hoping to threaten us.”
“At one point one of the ‘gang leaders’ approached me …”
“It is indeed sad to see the line of thought among these pro-Umno and pro-BN supporters; they seem to think that accepting the RM500 distributed under BR1M amounts to a pledge of loyalty to Umno and the BN. Evidently, these goons are incapable of understanding that the money distributed came from tax-payers …”
The anti-Lynas protest gathering clearly was not meant to be an anti-Barisan or anti-Umno gathering. The protesters chanted “Henti Lynas!” and “Selamatkan Malaysia!”; yet those goons saw it as an affront to Umno and Najib. For the Lynas supporters to believe that BR1M is a gift/allocation from Umno or the BN is a strong sign of arrogance. For them to believe that any opposition to Lynas is tantamount to opposing Barisan is a clear reflection of their ignorance.
“the goons like those who reared their ugly heads as Lynas supporters at the Esplanade.”
“But the peace-loving and mature demeanour of the anti-Lynas demonstrators clearly proved Mahathir wrong. Kudos to the high level of maturity displayed by them.”
“The ‘Goon Squad” pushed and shoved and shouted vulgarities and displayed rude and lewd gestures. At all times they tried to provoked and intimidate various sections of the anti-Lynas protesters.”
“In the face of the intense provocation and intimidation, any physical retaliation would certainly have sparked off clashes and altercations and the outcome would have been disastrous. As it is, the main violence came from members of the Goon Squad, and two innocent reporters were attacked and injured in the melee.”
“Instead the goons were given a free hand to spread terror, disrupt, intimidate, threaten and provoked as they pleased.”
“To shake, kick and spit at the official car of the Chief Minister of Penang and not be stopped or arrested will certainly fuel the confidence of the perpetrators to try even more dastardly deeds in future.”
“All citizens of the country irrespective of our race, gender, ethnicity, age, social status or political affiliations are entitled to be protected against any and all forms of threats and violence.”
“Perpetrators who disrupt the peace and intimidate and threaten others should be refrained form doing so. If after being duly warned, they refuse to stop disturbing the peace, then they should be arrested and duly prosecuted.”
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Now doesn’t the same descriptions apply to the treatment meted out to Wee Ka Siong?
Have we heard any NGOs come out to condemn the rowdy behaviour? All quiet on the Aliran front?
From what I see, Aliran is so partisan that it might as well just register itself as a DAP branch in Penang.