With the #KitaLawan rallies, and the swift crackdowns of opposition leaders and activists, the Malaysian police chief wasted no time. His warning was simple, the mass arrests, and one that is similar to what we see of regimes in Southeast Asia within a period of a decade or so.
— Zashnain Zainal (@bedlamfury) March 25, 2015
Of course the main question is why the staggering number of 126,000 police personnel conducting surveillance activities on social media? And what of violent crimes and corruption, and the public’s concern of growing insecurity? I’m curious, how the top cop plans to conduct his mass surveillance program, if one could actually call it a program.
Its ridiculous, naturally. I would think that even Thailand’s junta do not have such a number monitoring the millions of Thais on the internet, particular those resisting the heavy-handed tactics of the army and police.
As it is, I would never underestimate the capabilities of the Malaysian police force, along with the thousands of online trolls the ruling elites have at their disposal for instigation and misinformation purposes. Push comes to shove, the cops are capable of intense perseverance and the occasional flashes of brilliance.
Its all about the politics, and the sustainability of power, as some would say. The rule of law, or what is perceived as ‘rule’, is bent on the interpretation of who is wielding it and who benefits from the existing state of affairs.
— Yin Shao Loong (@yinshaoloong) March 25, 2015
But then again, even politics and the status quo are subjected to the inevitable flow of time, when regimes of old fall thanks to their complacency and are replaced by something different. If educated officials and learned ones are good with the history of the region, then they’ll realise that even 100,000 uniformed personnel will not be able to stop the flow of change.