Roadblocks in 2000s
(4 lanes cut into 1. Image source: Wengsan’ Blog)
When there call for public demonstrations, the police is swift to put roadblocks around Klang Valley in the mornings, making the traffic grinding almost to a stop. Often the road blocks goes up a day before the event, intensified during the actual day of the event and sometimes maintained the day after event have taken place.
Haven’t the police learned anything about KL traffic jams all these years? One broken lorry in KL is all that is needed to create notorious traffic jams, what more of a coordinated police road blocks around Klang Valley. The doomsday was falling on Klang Valley.
I experienced such road blocks once where 4 lanes of cars was pushed to only lane where one lonely policeman stand watching the chaos whilst the rest of the policemen was relaxing on the side of the road.
(No roadblocks stopped them – citizens at last year’s Hindraf’s rally. Photo source: http://lianghin.files.wordpress.com)
Despite such tight roadblocks, it did not stop thousands of people from joining the BERSIH & HINDRAF rallies, making both highly successful events of 2007, just before the last general election. It is clear that roadblocks failed to do what the police or rather the government intended to do – it on the other hand created massive traffic jams, leaving many drivers fuming mad.
BERSIH & HINDRAF rallies were held on the weekends and the impact on the morning rush was somehow minimised (roadblocks on Fridays however still left many late for work and appointments). Despite this, it still created unnecessary problems for many innocent road users.
During the HINDRAF rally for instance, the police was busy turning away or holding up any buses which was full of Indians, irregardless of the purpose and destination of their journey. There was a report of a bus full of Indians who were heading for a marriage (and not for rallies) was held up and brought to the police station for further questioning.
The mystery of recent roadblocks is further compounded when road blocks is being setup for political reasons rather than for real national security and crime management. The proof of Hindraf’s linkages with Tamil Elam terrorist cells remains elusive till this day and the Hindraf 5 remains in castration under the reasons of threatening the national security.
(Roadblocks and how many criminals were caught? Image source: Whatalulu)
Want another roadblock? Just spread the rumours of public rallies (never mind if it for a worthy cause), the government gets spooked and you get the roadblocks (15 or more around Klang Valley) – at least, that is what the recent acts of roadblocks seem to be telling us.