Police must serve to protect, not persecute

— The Malaysian Insider
Sep 09, 2012

SEPT 9 — It is commendable that police took swift action to detain a man who apparently waved a gun while chasing away youths who were blocking Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s entourage in the Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat function in Malacca yesterday.

No one should display their firearms just to invoke fear in public. And if that man, a bodyguard employed by Anwar, is liable for prosecution, so be it.

But what is more disturbing is how the event unfolded. That there are people out there who were blocking a road just so that people, including Anwar, cannot attend a function organised by PKR. And the police were there and did nothing.

According to media reports, there were plainclothes policemen and Special Branch officers who were there observing the PKR function. They did nothing to stop the youths. They only sprang to action when the bodyguard apparently waved his gun.

Malacca state police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye has said the man has been detained for questioning, adding “Let us investigate the matter first as it is still premature to determine if the man had actually pointed the weapon at the public, or he was just brandishing it as an act of protecting someone.

“He could have taken out the gun and accidentally showed it to the people gathered there,” he said.

Yet, nothing is done to ensure that people have right of way to their own event? Couldn’t the police have stopped these youths from such hooliganism? When have politicians resorted to such action to stop their opponents from campaigning?

Here, the police must serve to protect all because all of us are staying in this country. They cannot be selective and just persecute one side. How ironic is it that there are groups who lodged a report against the bodyguard for displaying his gun but are themselves guilty of blocking the free passage of others.

And why haven’t the police taken action against these people? Do the police need reports lodged when their own men are there and witnessed what can be politely termed as an illegal blockade?

The police serve the people, not the interests of certain political quarters. Unless they reinforce this principle, the police will only invite ridicule and derision from the public whom they have sworn to protect. Do we have a public police force or one that acts on the behalf of vested interests?

We hope the police know better. Take action against the bodyguard if he committed an offence. But also take action against those who impede and block others from carrying out their business. That is the right thing to do.

  1. #1 by drngsc on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 5:22 pm

    The Police must serve Malaysia and the people of Malaysia, NOT serve UMNO / BN. The neutral Police has become another instrument of UMNO. This we must change, to restore the neutrality of the Police.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya, to save Malaysia. GE 13 is coming soon. First to GE 13, then to Putrajaya.
    Change we must. Change we can. Change we will.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 7:04 pm

    The police were at fault because they passed the job of clearing the road block to Anwar’s bodyguard. The police should not be the stooge of a certain political party.

  3. #3 by Dap man on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 8:07 pm

    PDRM acts as though it is a force” of UMNO, for UMNO and by UMNO.

    Honestly, how many Malaysians trust PDRM?

  4. #4 by Dipoh Bous on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 8:33 pm

    Seriously, I have always thought that PDRM is the arm faction of UMNO / BN.

    It has time and again proved to be so.

  5. #5 by St Peter on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 9:08 pm

    Obviously, the running dogs have never been to school, they are not educated! The foolish are the foolish, no one could change them. We can only change their master in this GE13.

  6. #6 by son of perpaduan on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 9:11 pm

    Tell all Malaysian to stop paying tax to the dajjal goverment.

  7. #7 by Godfather on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 10:38 pm

    You read so many pro UMNO blogs as saying that it was Anwar who went into their kawasan. Their kawasan ? Now we have to prevent these goons from stomping on our kawasan in Selangor too….

  8. #8 by Godfather on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 11:03 pm

    Tell them to show us their title to the land in question, and if it’s really their kawasan, then we apologise for our intrusion or trespass.

  9. #9 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Sunday, 9 September 2012 - 11:07 pm

    His majesty loyal police is now umno’s loyal police force.

  10. #10 by monsterball on Monday, 10 September 2012 - 1:07 am

    He is a bodyguard and obviously have a license to carry firearm.
    He sees his boss being harassed by hooligans.
    What is the use of having a gun when he is not allowed to use it as he sees fit to take it out .wave it and give a warning?
    He did not fire a shot….just give warning…and that was wrong?
    If he is Najib’s bodyguard…doing that…you can be sure the police will not dare to detain the said bodyguard.

  11. #11 by monsterball on Monday, 10 September 2012 - 1:08 am

    If that is Najib’s bodyguard..doing the same act…it’s OK.

  12. #12 by boh-liao on Monday, 10 September 2012 - 2:33 am

    Ha, ha, sure lah NO logic things happen all d times in dis UmnoB/BNland
    A protector becomes an attacker while attackers become nice guys
    Mata2 only spring 2 action when triggered by certain specific grp of ppl
    Heard of big dog, small dog, n now running dog? YES, master

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