Ismail Omar has got his priorities as new IGP all wrong with police arresting cartoonist Zunar, questioning Nurul for sedition and wanting to question Serdang MP Teoh Nie Ching for her surau visit

Tan Sri Ismail Omar has got his priorities as new Inspector-General of Police all wrong with the police arrest of cartoonist Zunar, questioning Pakatan Rakyat Lembah Pantai MP Nurrul Izzah for sedition and wanting to question Pakatan Rakyat Serdang MP Teoh Nie Ching for her surau visit.

It would appear that the new IGP has no understanding whatsoever of the concept of democratic policing and continue to regard the paramount duty of police as that of protector of the powers-that-be instead of being the protector of the rights of the citizenry.

A new IGP for Malaysia would only be meaningful if the Malaysian police is to start for the first time in 53 years of the country as an independent, sovereign parliamentary democracy to initiate a transformation and break from the colonial past mentality and embrace democratic policing to protect the people and not the regime in power.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) 2005 report on “Police Accountability: Too Important to Neglect, Too Urgent to Delay” has rightly stressed:

“Democratic nations need democratic policing. Democratic policing is based on the idea the police are protectors of the rights of citizens and the rule of law, while ensuring the safety and security of all equally. It rejects any resemblance to the regime policing of colonial times. Colonial style policing was based on the idea of police as protectors of a government foreign to the people.”

As the report said, “Increasingly, the fundamental of policing is seen as being the protection and vindication of the human rights of all.”
Such a concept is completely alien to the Malaysian police in the past 53 years, which is also why there is a grave crisis of confidence in the efficiency, incorruptibility, professionalism of the Malaysian police force.

In the past 18 months of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s premiership, the country has been flooded with a plethoria of slogans – 1Malaysia, Government Transformtion Programme, New Economic Model, Tenth Malaysia Plan and a few days ago a RM1.3 trillion Economic Transformation Programme.

All this will come to nought unless it is accompanied by Institutional Transformation Programme with all the key national institutions like the police, the anti-corruption commission, the judiciary, the election commission and the civil service restoring public confidence in their institutional independence, efficiency, professionalism and integrity.

For the Malaysian police, which has seen a complete collapse of public confidence in its institutional independence, professionalism and integrity as confirmed by the 2005 Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission of Inquiry, the first step to police institutional transformation must be its adoption of a new police ethos and police mission by embracing democratic policing as one of its transformational challenges.

A police committed to democratic policing will not blindly act as the instruments of the regime in power to harass and oppress the Opposition and legitimate dissent in the country, and Malaysia would be would have been spared police abuses of power represented by the arrest of Zunar, police questioning of PR Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah for sedition and the latest police move to question PR Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching.

The new IGP must be mindful that the first priority of the police is to restore to Malaysians their two most fundamental human rights in any civilized society –the right to be free from the crime and to be free from the fear of crime and not to protect Umno/Barisan Nasional leaders from accountability, transparency and good governance.

The Police should not apply double standards – harassing leaders of the opposition and dissent whenever police reports are lodged, while ignoring police reports lodged against the powers-that-be.

This is why I have posed a specific question in next month’s Parliament: –

To ask the Home Minister the number/nature of police reports lodged against Utusan Malaysia since April 2009 and what actions the police have taken on these police reports.

  1. #1 by dagen on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 6:57 pm

    Didnt the grandson of kutty say that the opposition caused the 81% drop in FDI? There. IGP is now busy working on the matter. Yup just need to sort out the opposition. And jib’s projects to lift malaysia’s per capita income three times would immediately leap out of his balding head.

    Cintanegara will soon swim in a sea of rambutans.

  2. #2 by gofortruth on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 8:59 pm

    Omar is just another “yesman ” la. That’s why the country needs a complete change of federal government with more than 2/3 majority to clean up the police, judiciary, AG, MACC & all the GLCs etc etc.

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 9:05 pm

    It confirms my worst fear that Ismail Omar is a Musa clone.

    Apparently, UMNO has made double sure that a Musa clone was selected to succeed Musa Hasan.

  4. #4 by IbnAbdHalim on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 10:07 pm

    The police will be on the right track again when PR takes over, God willing. So, let’s work towards that goal. Right now nothing much can be done. Anyway, we just can’t stop short and let them do anything they wish and please.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 10:52 pm

    Hello, don’t tell me what 2 do n what not 2 do
    I’m d IGP n d boss, n I know what 2 do n what not 2 do 2 protect my job n perks

  6. #6 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 11:16 pm

    Ismail Omar – good grief!

    I am just lost for words. What’s this nonsense about Teo Nie Ching?

    Isn’t there any bit of decency left in PDRM? God and history will be the judge! Let’s see what u can do which GOD cannot see.

  7. #7 by negarawan on Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 11:35 pm

    Police or UMNO thugs? More the latter.

    The police force is not even competent in combating crime, but good in taking UMNO’s orders. So many people gone missing and the police don’t do anything. Then they take credit for the discovery of their bones when they could have saved their lives. Such an incompetent police force!

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 12:30 am

    Dis is a sign of a failed state, d polis n judiciary r at d disposal of ruling politicians
    We can easily deduce dat it’s impossible 2 get fair investigation, trial, n judgment here
    How 2 attract FDI?
    How 2 expect $$$$ pumped in2 d nation by UmnoB/BN will not b abused?

  9. #9 by raven77 on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 12:38 am

    Looks like new IGP same same with the old IGP…

    You see..this is the reason why killer lawyers have all the time in the world to kill other lawyers, cosmetic queen, buisnessmen, bankers and God knows who else and bury them, cremate them etc etc and collect up to 200 million

    With IGPs like this who are more interested in arresting cartoonists, kacau opposition MPs, and doing other thuggish work for UMNO. When 20 atau dont know how many already mati…they go on show diving in various sungai, ponds and digging up oil palm estates, etc etc for our TV3……

    Objective of IGP is clear….it is not law and order they are interested in …it is to make certain our FDI hits dead zero…for who would want to come to a country run by UMNO full of deadly crimes….

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 1:04 am

    Time 2 say Good bye n 2 remember a great singer, RIP EF
    Not 2 forget his “Cindy, Oh Cindy”

  11. #11 by Cinapek on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 1:08 am

    Are we surprised? After all, Ismail Omar had proudly proclaimed he was “trained well” by Musa Hassan when he took over as IGP. And if that is not enough to convince you, remember Musa Hassan’s parting words that he hoped that Ismail Omar will “emulate” him?

  12. #12 by boh-liao on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 1:59 am

    Wonder if Ismail will b emulating Musang by carrying stained mattress later in Sodomy 2?

  13. #13 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 2:52 am

    No. The new IGP got it all right.

    He is from the same mass production mould, same factory, same process, same indoctrination etc etc.

    Everything is same, same. No difference. That is why he was selected and appointed. For continuity.

    What were you expecting?

  14. #14 by yhsiew on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 3:12 am

    Big trouble ahead for the rakyat. We have an IGP who is more interested in politics than policing. The consequence is that gated community will continue to build up and snatch-thieves will continue to prey on woman’s handbags.

  15. #15 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 8:05 am

    If you ask me, these incidents and others convince me the entire UMNO/BN organisation is in chaos. No way Najib would be stupid enough to go for election anytime soon. In fact, election will likely have to be at the very end 2013, or it will be suicidal for him. But then again, he is not that bright. He is known to do things in desperation.

    Now is the time for PR to build resources and organisation. ASAP and as much as possible. Now is not the time to spent political capital for PR except to improve organisationally, not ideologically.

  16. #16 by negarawan on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 9:21 am

    “Muhyiddin said the Education Ministry had carried out its investigations and submitted the findings to the PSD, and it was now up to the Chief Secretary to review the cases. He said ministers could not take action against Government officers just because of pressure and demands from politicians and political parties.”

    This is yet another case of UMNO dragging its feet when it comes to certain people. Had this offense been committed by a non-Malay or an opposition member, they would have been arrested within a day, put through hours of grueling interrogation (even tortured), thrown into jail, and charged in a kangaroo court. Does Obama know about apartheid in Malaysia?

  17. #17 by wanderer on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 12:21 pm

    Just another maggot, replacing an overfed one that crawled back into the same septic tank…what do you expect maggots to fed on? Umno’s filthy waste!

  18. #18 by Comrade on Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 11:32 pm

    The new IGP’s learning
    Was from Musa’s training
    So, all these happenings
    Are nothing surprising

    The abuse of power is sickening
    High time for an awakening
    Come the day of reckoning
    Vote PR for a new beginning

  19. #19 by frankyapp on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 2:34 pm

    Funny thing is why the new IGP keeps catching some pretty harmless white mouses and not the big ugly rats ? Question # one,is he a capable IGP ? and question # two is he a kind of tool belong to some masters ? Three things he’s doing I think has angered pretty lots of people (1) seemed to be unable to preform his duty independently, (2) failure to catch any big fat corrupted rats and (3) the worst of the worst is he’s now catching doves instead of rats .

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