Home ministry withholds its Bersih 3.0 clip

Jun 6, 2012

The home ministry has confirmed that it is withholding its video clip on the Bersih 3.0 rally violence, a move which have initially drew scorn from civil society.

In a press release today, the ministry said the video will not be released until after the ministry appointed panel investigate all the footages which they have been furnished with.

“The independent panel should be given adequate space and time to assess each video,” read the statement.

In addition, the ministry said it would acknowledge all views and advice from the panel, which will meet on Monday.

Previously, there were concerns that the ministry’s video would be a conflict of interest because the ministry had commissioned a panel – led by former police chief Hanif Omar – to probe alleged police violence during the rally.

Earlier, Chinese dailies reported that Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had instructed his officers to withhold the video clip, which was slated for release on the ministry’s website today.

Video based on ‘facts’

Last Sunday, Hishammuddin said the purpose of making the video public was to enable people to get a proper perspective on events that occurred during the rally.

“With the video recording, the people can make their own judgment based on facts and not other considerations,” he said.

He also said the ministry is ready to face civil suits from those dissatisfied with the source of the video recording.

“This is part of our responsibility to give justice to the participants, police personnel and media people who were assaulted during the rally.”

He added that there is no reason for the ministry to hide the truth as shown by the video recording to be uploaded.

To counter the ministry’s video, the DAP today uploaded a 15-minute video on the rally that focuses on police brutality.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has slammed Hishammuddin’s insistence on publishing the ministry’s video which he said is nothing more than a continuation of the vilification and demonisation campaign launched by the BN government against Bersih 3.0 and Pakatan Rakyat.

  1. #1 by monsterball on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 2:59 am

    They dare not release the video clip because it shows police brutalities.
    PR released the clips….they will say..it is telling half of the story.
    This is the only way they can keep fooling Malaysians.
    The fact that Hisham dare not release the video clip…tell you what kind of a Home Minister he is…forever promoting and protecting his party.
    That is his only job.
    He is an idiotic follower……not the making of a leader at all.
    So is his cousin…….Najib…same character…same IQ.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 7:35 am

    ///the ministry said the video will not be released until after the ministry appointed panel investigate all the footages which they have been furnished with.///

    I bet the delay in releasing the video is to make “adjustment” to suit their version of the story.

  3. #3 by Loh on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 8:59 am

    ///The prime minister of Malaysia must be a Malay Muslim even though there is no article in the Federal Constitution which prevents non-Malays from holding the post, because the majority of the country’s citizens are Malays, said an eminent historian today. ///–Khoo Kay Kim

    The so-called eminent professor is eminent in the length of service under Malays. It is because of his experience that he felt that only Malays have the ability to serve as PM. I can only pity the students who studied under him.

    The PM is elected to serve the needs of the nation and to honour his promise to the nation. When words written on paper care not on what instrument is used to write, there is no need to ensure that the brains which bring about decision making has to belong to Malay.

    KKK thinks that PM has to serve the interest of the ethnic community to which he belongs. That is racist thought and it is outlawed everywhere in civilized societies and civilized nations. By saying what he did, KKK is not even fit to be a teacher in primary school, let alone in university.

  4. #4 by Loh on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 9:35 am

    ///Shamsul Iskandar noted that Malaysia adopted a Constitutional Monarchy and parliamentary democracy with Malays having special privileges compared to the other races in the country. ///–Malaysiatoday

    That misrepresents history. There is no such term as special privileges in the constitution. There is a reference to a special position, out of need.

  5. #5 by Winston on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 9:38 am

    He also said the ministry is ready to face civil suits from those dissatisfied with the source of the video recording. – End of quote

    And who pays for the civil suits?
    Taxpayers, of course!
    So, can talk big!!

  6. #6 by Cinapek on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 9:40 am

    Changing their minds at the eleventh hour-typical BN behaviour. From the prosecution team in the Altantuya murder trial to the Bersih 2 stadium promise to this. What does that tell you? One word. Incompetence. For weeks running up to yesterday, Hishamuddin has been blabbing from the rooftops promising the truth in the video and then chicken out at the last minute, hiding behind the panel’s skirt.

    There is only one truth. Everything else is a lie. So whether it is the video or the panel’s findings, they should both come to the same conclusion if there is sincerity in telling the truth. Otherwise don’t waste time with all these charade. Better for the Govt to spend their time managing the economy now that export has been falling for the second month in a row, reflecting the weakening global economy heading for a crash. They better take a hard look at where we are going with all the handouts been dished out but income falling.

  7. #7 by k1980 on Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 1:28 pm

    The ministry is going to release their video on Al-Tantuya’s murder —– showing her erasing her immigration records, then shooting herself in the head, then detonating the explosives to blow herself up

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