The police farce in Lahad Datu

— Donald Pinto
The Malaysian Insider
Feb 26, 2013

FEB 26 — How incredible can this be? The police treat some 100 armed militants with kid gloves but accuse a Filipino reporter with Al Jazeera’s English service of being a spy with the “Royal Sulu Sultanate Army”.

The media reported today Jamela Alindongan was accused several times of working with the self-styled army while being questioned by unidentified Special Branch officers.

Despite Alindongan showing them her employee ID, she was questioned for two-and-a-half hours, the longest among the three Al Jazeera crew detained in the sea off Tanjung Labian village, near the Lahad Datu standoff between Malaysian security forces and Sulu sultanate supporters, on February 20.

Can the police explain this? How do you treat one unarmed person this way but give almost-royal treatment to this rag-tag bunch of armed men.

At best, they are invaders, at worst just a bunch of pirates who have been treated too well too long.

This is embarrassing for Malaysians. We have a police force which can’t tell the difference between what is dangerous and what is harmless.

How much more do the police want to shame us with this farcical behaviour?

They can’t chase a group of men from Malaysian territory but they will play rough with a journalist.

We need a higher standard for our police force, not this farce of a police who can’t keep peace and security in every part of Malaysia.

  1. #1 by waterfrontcoolie on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 - 12:07 am

    Well, it is always easier and plenty of bravos to handle an unarmed reporter! Those bandits are far too dangerous!

  2. #2 by Noble House on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 - 1:04 am

    Xenophon is a threat
    Ambiga is a threat
    Candlelight vigil is a threat
    Wearing yellow is a threat
    Mineral water bottle and raw salt are WMD and, therefore, a threat
    Reporter is a threat; but
    Armed tourists are nowhere a threat!

    Is this what Najib meant by his 1M tagline – Malaysia, a land of endless possibilities?

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 - 3:28 am

    Mayb Kak Yen will visit armed tourists, welcome them with slogans like ‘M’sia Truly Asia’ + ‘M’sia My Second Home’ n oppa oppa oppa gangnam style with them (since she did not get 2 oppa with Psy in Pg)

  4. #4 by gofortruth on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 - 3:33 am

    It just goes to show how ill prepared we Malaysians are, no thanks to an absolute corrupt BN federal government.

    The rot must stop. Vote for change!

  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 - 10:19 am

    Come on Najib. Come on Hishamuddin. Come on Ng Yen Yen. Come on BN.

    Show us your ‘Gangnan Style’.

    Don’t be ayams.

    Show us you have bolas to defend the country.

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