Caucus public hearing in BM – let IGP declare police have no objection to media coverage

The Police should make clear that they are fully responsive to the people’s concerns about crime and the fear of crime by sending representatives to the third Parliamentary Caucus public hearing in Bukit Mertajam (at Jit Sin Chinese Independent Secondary School ) at 10 am on Sunday and declaring no police objections whatsoever to media coverage.

The Malaysian people cannot be blamed for concluding that the reason the second public hearing of the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good Governance on “Fight Rising Crime” in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday became a “closed session” which did not allow media reporting, which was a departure from the first public hearing in Johor Baru last Sunday, was because of police pressure.

This is not conducive to the police regaining full public confidence in its mission to fight and reduce crime and the fear of crime.

The Police should welcome opportunities such as the public hearings of the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good Governance to allow the people to speak their minds and adopt an open and positive attitude to public criticisms about the failings and failures of the police in its task to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

These criticisms are made not because the people are anti-police and want to indulge in police bashing, but because the people, like the Royal Police Commission which was formed by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in one of his early initiatives when appointed to the highest office in the land 44 months ago, want to have a world-class police service which is efficient and professional enough to make the streets, public places and the privacy of homes safe and secure for citizens, tourists and investors.

Malaysians want the Police to be their friends and protectors and are prepared to give the Police all assistance and support to wipe out the country’s notoriety in crime and fear of crime, which former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam admitted a few days ago is a major disincentive for foreign investment.

Is the Inspector-General Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan prepared to send out a clear signal that the Police welcome public criticisms and will fully co-operate with the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good Governance it its series of “Fight Rising Crime” public hearings — and that he will ensure that top police officers will attend the public hearing in Bukit Mertajam and the Police have no objection whatsoever to the public hearing being given media coverage?

Otherwise, Musa should explain what the Police have to hide that they are so opposed to the Caucus public hearing being open to media coverage?

  1. #1 by Jimm on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 3:50 pm

    No, TSMH will never attend such public hearing.
    He just committed to AAB that his entire forces will vote for BN in this coming GE.
    Now, he need to make sure that everyone in his office understand the message right down to the janitor.
    Now you know why AAB extended TSMH service.
    This guy is great and very well connected.
    BN are having advantages with him around.

  2. #2 by pwcheng on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 4:23 pm

    In this bolehland or bodohland or whatever you want to call it, there is always something funny going on as we are having leaders who has lost their sense and are totally depleted of common sense.

    It is totally nonsense that such an important issue that can cost loss of limbs and life are subdued to such low key as “closed door session” and without the attendance of police who are the key factor for eliminating this problem. This is just like singing without any musical backing. How can the song be melodious. The people can help to bring out the issue and relate their experiences but without the police we will go no where. There is also a chance that the small time criminals will think that the police are not interested and hence give them the incentive to be more bold.

    It is only right that the police must be there to gather feedbacks for logistic and strategy purposes. Do not forget that they are trained and paid for doing the job. The people are willing to come out to relate the problems but they are trying to hide themselves from this. For the fact they are afraid to turn up for the talk is because they know they are guilty and therefore afraid of the bashing.

    Worst still the press are barred from the “closed door session” Looks like we have to close door to talk about this as it might be sensitive to the criminals as they had the backing of some political or police chieftains and they do not want to offend the criminals as well as the chieftains.

    This is all shit and whoever made this decision has only shit in his brain. What is he frighten of, the criminals or the police. At the end of the day it is the ordinary rakyat that has to loose out and suffer. How much do they care about the rakyat???

  3. #3 by k1980 on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 7:24 pm

    Easier to fight bloggers than to fight crime?

    …the police entered the office at about 4.45pm and requested for Tan to follow them to the Bukit Aman police headquarters for questioning. he policemen also requested that Tan bring his notebook computer with him. It is believed that he is being questioned on matters relating to certain postings on the Internet. an has been involved in the maintenance of the opposition party website….

  4. #4 by WFH on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 7:56 pm

    pwcheng Says:
    July 13th, 2007 at 16: 23.47
    //..What is he frighten of, the criminals or the police..//
    Sorry pwcheng, in my view, your sentence should read as:-
    “…. the criminals ARE the police…” I see no difference between the two, considering the serious allegations of links of the top cop with the underworld.

    Of course for those of us who can remember, the connections of the underworld tai-kors and ma-chais to the Um-Pai’s and mata2 go back to the late 60’s, gathering slow momentum initially until it began to spin out of control from the late 70’s to what we have now. And the top cop developed his entire career within these periods and environment, so how to expect him and the other senior top brass to be whiter-than-white? The PDRM will – no, CAN – never break away from their ingrained practice of silencing public disillusionment. After all it is to their, and their benefactors’, benefit that the dis-believing public be actively suppressed against raising any negative issues, even in this current high-crime, security-critical environment up and down the length of the country.

    But YB, I salute this caucus and your work. The only sore point I have is that it is headed by that bodoh. In that respect, I do not see it being effective in any way.

  5. #5 by Libra2 on Saturday, 14 July 2007 - 9:40 am

    PDRM is quasi-political entity! It is there to ensure BN’s survival, UMNO leaders’ immunity from prosecution and Malay Dominance. In return for its service, UMNO gives it absolute freedom to do as it wishes – to use and abuse its powers.
    Remember how it rejected the IPCMC, with threats to boot?

  6. #6 by negarawan on Saturday, 14 July 2007 - 10:30 am Yet another mindless victim of crime. The police force is useless and corrupted! Badawi, I would love to see you or your family member suffer as a victim of such crime as a result of your pathetic government and leadership

  7. #7 by k1980 on Saturday, 14 July 2007 - 10:30 am

    What we are working for is a better Malaysia, a changed Malaysia. A Malaysia where the schools are not nothing more than propaganda outlets. A Malaysia where the economy is not propped up by a government dependent on oil, and entrepreneurs are stifled by corruption and an interventionist state. A Malaysia where every Malaysian citizen, regardless of their class, race, or religion, knows they have the same opportunity as anyone else to head a world-class Malaysian corporation…

  8. #8 by negarawan on Saturday, 14 July 2007 - 10:57 am

    The Malaysian police is acting like a Mafia unit of BN! Badawi, you are responsible for the lives and wellbeing of innocent people who are detained unlawfully by the police, the latest victim being Nathaniel Tan. Your brand of Islam is certainly not about justice, peace and love, but fear, oppression, and intimidation!

  9. #9 by dawsheng on Saturday, 14 July 2007 - 2:11 pm

    Why is the press acted obidiently to blackout the hearing? You mean IGP Musa have the power to blackout news in Malaysia, or is it Nazri, Minister of Prime Minister Office in cahoots with Musa? Uncle Kit, The caucus is a sham.

  10. #10 by johanssm on Sunday, 15 July 2007 - 1:23 am

    Seriously do not expect any changes within this present polis force at least not this generation.
    The changes made by this IGP is just purely cosmetics…some transfer of top polis here and there thats about it.
    As usual igp and even pm abdul will made some pledges in some form of speech.All just for PR.
    Too bad that Malaysian voters are not an united lot.
    But if all voters stands firm we all can sent a clear message.Hey , even Thather and Blair was voted OUT

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