Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Back in Black

What tha fook?

In the tragi-comedy that is Bolehland, it seems wearing black at selected coffeeshops is now an offence . . .

Grounds for dissent in a KL coffee party
KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Dressed in black, the colour of protest, 200 activists sat at cafe tables quietly drinking coffee — black, of course. Bewildered, police stood outside and watched the coffee drinkers without interfering.

The protest at three cafes in Kuala Lumpur was their way around a ban on unauthorised protests. It was the latest twist in a row over the governing Barisan Nasional coalition’s seizure of power in Perak.

“Police were coming down hard on us and so we used this unique way to protest and tell people to demand an election in Perak,” said Wong Chin Huat, a protest leader and academic at the city’s Monash University campus. “We managed to send the message across.”

However, Sunday’s protest — which the academic called a “mild form” of civil disobedience — did not last long. Within half an hour, the managers of the cafes — outlets of the popular Old Town White Coffee chain — had ushered the protesters and other customers out the door. A spokeswoman said the three were shutting temporarily for “regular maintenance and renovations”.

She said it was unfair of protesters to use the chain’s outlets for the protest. “We have loyal patrons who are unhappy with so many people suddenly appearing all wearing black, which we associate with death. This is very bad for business.”

Undeterred, pro-opposition NGOs yesterday announced they would repeat the protest tomorrow — at seven Old Town outlets in the capital and Penang. The protesters, who announced the location of the protests via the social networking website Facebook, urged the coffee company not to close the outlets. “We are only drinking coffee and paying for it,” one protest leader said. “They make money, we get our message across.”

This time, police will be waiting for them. “We are monitoring the targeted outlets and if necessary will arrest any person wearing black as they approach the outlets,” a police spokesman said. — South China Morning Post

ps: All ye emo & metal warriors beware . . . yer wardrobe can get ye fooking arrested!

13 comments:

Jon-C said...

Fooking 'el! I better lockup all my black colored apparels so i won't get caught wearing 'em out in the streets.

Criminals are walking free while the coppers are catching the wrong people. How ironic!

Bernard said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, the Old Town employees uniform is black also. So are they going to get arrested for going to work then?? If I'm mourning the financial demise of LFC over a cuppa @ Old Town, am I gonna get arrested?? Anyone interested in becoming my bailor??
Polis memang Raja Di Malaysia...

anfield devotee said...

JonC: Be a criminal in Malaysia - hassle free occupation. Be a concerned citizen & watch yer arse get thrown in jail.

Bernard: Correcto mundo, Polis memang Raja Di Malaysia . . .

Achilles said...

AD: fooking hell-lah woi. what will they think of next? people wearing red underwear???

What's wrong with protesting in silence. We are not disturbing anyone... so what's the deal?

anfield devotee said...

achilles: Try telling that to the BN supporting scumbags & see them come up with an even more warped rationale as to how dressing in black is seditious & a threat to racial harmony.

That's the problem when one party & its cronies have been in power too long. They just canna see the bollox they are spouting fer what it is.

Bernard said...

The plan is being held again on Thursday @ selected Old Town outlets & someone suggested on MT that we wear black & drink coffee @ Starbucks instead to see how Vincent Tan takes it!!!

anfield devotee said...

Bernard: Vince would prolly wince!!!

Tinesh said...

YAY!!!! Thank goodness I dont see the point of wearing your heart on your sleeve (literally). As long as you're metal in your heart then its great haha

Btw I think I read in Malaysiakini that the stores were all closed before the coffee session. But I could be wrong

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

habis la like this. the next time i put on a black T i'll make sure to not patronise these coffee joints. lets all wear black on the 27th...hehehe...

Crankster said...

I wonder if the people in black should be rotating coffee outlets so it doesn't look like Old Town is anti-government.

I think that's why a few outlets have been "closing for upgrade" as was mentioned in MKini.

Whoever is paranoid or superstitious about the colour black has got their head too deep up their arse. The country is in deep shit and they're worried about the colour black???

Achilles said...

Kerp: Kerp... you're back... did you sort out your PC stuff?

anfield devotee said...

Kerp: Yeah! Great idea! Everyone should be Men/Women in Black on 27June!

crankster: Superstitous beliefs or not, me thinks the point is that the cops seem to BELIEVE they have the right to arrest citizens based on the colour of their clothing. Retarded.

Crankster said...

Super retarded indeed.