BY BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Opposition supremo, Lim Kit Siang has called on the Inspector General of Police to reprimand and penalise police personnel who abused their powers in arresting Maria Chin and worse, harassing and intimidating Malaysians for taking Bersih flyers as it constitutes no crime under the law.
Lim said the excessive and unreasonable action by the police in Kota Marudu to arrest the Bersih chairperson for distributing Bersih flyers in Langkon, to promote the Bersih 5 rally must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
“Even worse is the police intimidation of members of the public for taking the Bersih flyers, as the police taking down the identity card numbers of those who took the Bersih flyers and police threats to arrest the members of the public concerned is nothing short of illegal police harassment and abuse of powers,” he said.
“It is no crime under the law for anyone to take or receive the (Bersih) flyers, and the police have acted completely outside the province of the law in harassing or intimidating members of the public.”
The Bersih leaflets in question were actually promoting the Bersih 5 rally slated on Nov. 19 calling for free, fair and clean elections, but the police claimed it had contravened the Printing and Publishing Press Act.
All responsible political parties and members of the public want to be friends of the police, for the police are performing an important national service and function to uphold the law to maintain order, peace and harmony.
“I hope the IGP will be as “quick on the draw” with the police abuses of powers as he has shown with regard to complaints by members of the establishment against critics of the government,” he said in a speech at a DAP ‘kopitiam’ ceramah in Kepayan Sunday.
On Saturday, Khalid again demonstrated his “quick on the draw” selective propensity when he announced that the police will record statements from three former Cabinet Ministers who are alleged to have revealed government secrets in Parliament.
“I feel very sad that my worst fears have come to pass, as the Speaker of Parliament Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia is seen as an agent of the Executive, and that his ignorance of the law cannot be excuse for the IGP to be ignorant of the law too.
Muhyiddin, Shafie and Husni are all protected by parliamentary privilege for what they say in Parliament, except in the specific case of violating the Sedition Act in questioning one of the four “sensitive” issues entrenched in the Constitution – which neither one of the trio had done.
With Kit Siang were Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu lawmakers, Stephen Wong and Jimmy Wong respectively, as well as Kapayan Assemblyman, Edwin Bosi, and other state party leaders.