But police cannot afford protection to those who wish to make reports at police stations, against the perpetrators of violent disruptions of peaceful meetings?
Violent agitators can gather outside police stations, damage the vehicles of those there to lodge police reports, and get away with impunity?
Even as those in the vehicles in question are leaving the station, under police escort?
Malaysiakini reports that the Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) forum on academic freedom could not proceed in Klang because the venue was earlier wrecked and blockaded by a group of rowdy youth.
Sounds eerily familiar, does it not?
Forum organisers made their way to Pandamaran police station to lodge police reports on the incident, but were tailed there by the same thugs who prevented the forum proceeding.
Now get this.
According to the news report, due to the tense situation at the Pandamaran station, local police decided to escort the forum reps to the Klang district police headquarters to lodge their report.
Suggesting, therefore, that the cops could not deal with the mobsters outside.
The report also has it that the same thugs tailed the convoy, including the police escorts, to the Klang district police station where, after reports were made, the forum reps were advised not to leave due to the presence of the thugs outside.
“Even at 4am, the gangsters were still outside, we had to escape through another door with the help of local residents,”, Malaysiakini reports the forum rep who was at the Klang district police station, as saying.
This is the police force?