Stop harassing Rafizi – Malaysian Police should conduct itself as a mature, efficient, professional and world-class police force fully mindful of its primary task of “democratic policing” and liberated from the obsession of “upholding the regime” to oppose democratic change at all costs

The Malaysian Police force has presented a sorry spectacle of itself recently, undermining its professional image as an independent, efficient and world-class police force, but what is worse, tarnishing the international image of Malaysia by trumpeting to the world as if Malaysia has become a “basket case country” on the verge of political and economic collapse.

And the person who led the charge to undermine the professional image of the police and the international image of the country is none other than the country’s No. 1 policeman, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who shocked the country and the world with the wild and reckless “fairy tale” two weeks ago of a plot to “topple the government” on New Year’s eve.

Neither the IGP nor the police force have been be able to produce any evidence of a “topple government” plot on New Year’s eve, as Khalid was only acting on a “hunch” or brainwave (planted or inspired by Umno conspirators), and I cannot think of a more “anti-national” act than this to end 2013.

Yesterday, the Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said that the police had received 588 reports nationwide in protest against the New Year’s eve rally to “bring down the government”, alleging that four NGOs were out to “create chaos” in Dataran Merdeka and would be bringing various weapons, including grenades and gas mark to stir up a commotion.

My first reaction to the 588 police reports (probably the 600 mark would be crossed by now) is the amount of wasted national energies provoked by the IGP’s “fairy tale” plot to topple the government – or was this the whole intention of the IGP in the first place?

Are there no better, more useful and productive things for Malaysians to do than to lodge 588, or over 600, police reports on a “fairy tale” plot? No wonder Malaysia is losing her competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Secondly, the false impression given by the police as if a “plot to topple the government” with grenades and explosives thrown in could be hatched in Malaysia any minute like a common magic trick – which cannot be good in assuring international community whether investors or visitors about the political and economic stability and direction of the country.

It is not that the police had not come out with such “cock-and-bull” stories in the past to justify police over-reactions, as in the run-up to Bersih 2 rally on July 9, 2011, when the police claimed to have found parangs and Molotov cocktails, and the Bersih 3 rally on April 28, 2012 which the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak alleged as a Pakatan Rakyat “coup d’etat” attempt to overthrow the Barisan Nasional government and the subsequent acknowledgement by the then Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, in Parliament that “salt, water bottles, handphones” were dangerous weapons during Bersih 3, capable of “toppling” the elected government of the day!

But should the Malaysian police force continue to be haunted and hounded by such “imaginary enemies” just to prop up the existing regime against democratic empowerment of the people?

The Malaysian Police in the first decade of the 21st century should conduct itself as a mature, efficient, professional and world-class police force fully mindful of its primary task of “democratic policing” and liberated from the obsession of “upholding the regime” to oppose democratic change at all costs.

The police have summoned the PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli for questioning this morning, allegedly over allegations by UMNO cybertroopers that he is planning to plant bombs in certain locations in Dataran Merdeka on New Year’s eve.

These are serious and heinous charges and the police action is utterly ridiculous and outrageous.

This is why I had tweeted this morning that the police should have hauled up the UMNO blogger and not be harassing Rafizi as in other countries where there is proper respect for the rule of law, the police would have arrested and prosecuted the UMNO blogger if he is unable to produce evidence for such irresponsible and incendiary posting.

In Najib’s “Malaysia Boleh”, however, the victim suffers the double jeopardy of a defamatory and seditious allegation as well as being hauled up the police to prove his innocence, in blatant disregard of the principles that “one is innocent until proven guilty” and the person who makes an allegation has the onus to adduce evidence to prove it.

The police should stop harassing Rafizi and should take action against the UMNO cybertroopers responsible for the reprehensible posts of lies, hatred and incitement with regard to the New Year’s Eve countdown at Dataran Merdeka.

The Minister for Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Datuk Seri Hassan Malek has said that the failure by Malaysians to officially complain of price increases caused by government measures indicated their approval for the policies.

Hassan cannot be more wrong, ill-advised and misguided.

In the circumstances, the police should not stand in the way of Malaysians who want to peacefully demonstrate their objections and opposition to the pile of price hikes whether sugar, petrol, power, toll or house assessments and the long list of other price hikes to come, so that Ministers and Barisan Nasional leaders have a proper and correct understanding of the real voices and aspirations of ordinary Malaysians on these issues.

  1. #1 by Di Shi Jiu on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Mr Lim,

    I find PDRM to be a rather weird animal.

    We know that rumour mongering is a staple used by Malaysian political parties and should be rightly condemned by all.

    Yet, I get the feeling that PDRM seem to encourage rumour-mongering with their high-profile disclosure of “police reports” and sensationalising their investigations.

    Even stranger, I have noticed that PDRM seems to only act promptly on “police reports” which cause disruption or angst to Pakatan.

    The idea of Rafizi Ramli planting bombs and tossing hand grenades around Dataran Meredeka is so laughable that I can scarcely contain myself.

    What next? Will they be saying that you, Mr Lim, are turning up in your Rambo camo gear and paint?

    It is almost as though the Police Inspector-General has his very own comedy team to write his press releases.

    Right-minded personnel in PDRM must cringe every time their Police Inspector-General addresses the media.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 1:05 pm

    The duo of Zahid Hamidi and Khalid is leading the way in leadership by making up stories. What is 600 police report of conspiracy when Perkasa claim a membership of 500,000 each one willing to make up any mutiple story their leadership want? Anyone ever heard of anyone getting prosecuted for false report on the opposition in Malaysia. When Utusan can’t even get definition of words like Apartheid right what do you expect them to get other facts right?

    The real issue is that its so pointless – those who will repeat their story are already hard-core supporters who will repeat any fairy tale if they are told to while those who don’t support UMNO/BN already clear is have more reason to oppose. How can they justify price hikes and taxes and the indulgences of the powerful when they are wasting away resources AND not doing their utmost to fix real issues?

  3. #3 by Sallang on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 1:15 pm

    The police force is also made up of lowly paid Malaysian citizens.
    Are we to believe that the police force can have a better life after all the increases?
    The ‘Turun’ demonstrations is to protest high cost of living. I think even policemen should take part. No?

  4. #4 by worldpress on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Yeah..yeah…so advance…the laser and spaceship appear too…don’t you believe meh

  5. #5 by shseik on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 4:49 pm

    I wonder if PDRM has evidence before making such statements. Else the effort of promoting Malaysia for visit Malaysia year 2014 will be wasted because of some irresponsible remarks by certain parties.

    Malaysian are getting nature enough without resorting into planting bombs to topple government. If the RAKYAT really wanted to topple the government, which was elected by the RAKYAT, then the government should review their performance and their obligations to the RAKYAT.
    Maybe the fireworks at 0000 hours on 1/1/2014 are the bomb planted to welcome a brand new year.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 5:17 pm

    The rakyat should get ANGRIER and the demo should get bigger BECAUSE ALL THESE MADE-UP STORIES IS PROOF POSITIVE THAT UMNO/BN and their various agents DO NOT HAVE ANY ANSWERS FOR THE RAKYAT PROBLEM AND INTEND TO STAY THEIR CORRUPT AND ABUSIVE WAYS. These made up stories are JUST EXCUSES FOR THEIR JOBS instead of the jobs that they are suppose to do..

  7. #7 by john on Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 11:55 pm

    This “government” , what government in the first place with all the stoops, crazies, cheats there !. And, all led by a sline ball, a CHEAT with loads of baggages (heaviest Altantuya) ,,, AN easy meat for the Mamak to pick and all others. They just concerned on how to plunder this Nation only !

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Monday, 30 December 2013 - 1:16 am

    They must all be high on some kind of drugs or something. I just wonder how much public funds will be wasted by all this nonsense (not counting the time, resources etc that will be expended).

    600 police reports lodged? There must be a law to curb all these ‘reports’ which are clearly without any basis. Those who lodge frivolous reports without basis must be punished, just like those who ring up the 999 or 991 lines for fun.

  9. #9 by Noble House on Monday, 30 December 2013 - 4:35 am

    Excuses are tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far.

    Hypocrisy is the biggest problem facing the country. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal are known to confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

    If Malaysians are capable of doing such, as the IGP claimed, he will be the first one to take off with only his underpants on for sure.

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