KUALA LUMPUR, March 27, 2015:
“If he thinks I have gone mad for maintaining the law and order of the country, then it’s okay”.
This was voiced by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in regard to DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang’s verbal attack on him for probing Universiti Malaya lecturer Dr Khoo Ying Hooi, who wrote an article on March 16 entitled “Who owns the police”.
Lim, in his press statement today, had asked if the IGP “had gone bonkers as to order the police probe of the UM lecturer” raising what the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament claimed as the “most legitimate questions about political protest and protest policing”.
“Khoo, in her article, had said that police ‘had earlier allowed the #KitaLawan rally on March 7 to carry on smoothly, but began their arrest spree the next day with 11 people, including DAP Youth leader and MP for Rasah Teo Kok Seong, PKR Secretary-General and MP for Pandan, Rafizi Ramli, PKR Youth Chief and Selangor State Exco Member Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad arrested over the March 7 rally’,” said Lim, recapping Khoo’s article.
Lim responded and said Khoo did not mean to say that the police had issued a police permit to hold the rally “as all that it meant was that the police did not disturb or disrupt the rally and permitted it to be held smoothly”.
“What is wrong with that statement? What is the ‘criminal defamation’ against the police in such a statement?”
Khalid when contacted by The Rakyat Post said he did not want to elaborate more on it and he did not mind if other people thought he had gone mad just because he was taking care of the safety of the country.
“In fact, I’ll be more mad if they keep on breaking the law,” Khalid added.
Earlier today, DAP’s Serdang Member of Parliament Dr Ong Kian Ming had also criticised the police probe on Khoo, who in an article cast doubt on recent police activities.
In a statement released today, Ong gave his views on Khoo’s case, who is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation over her article.
“I strongly condemn the tactics of the police, led by the twitter-trigger-happy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who made a reference to Dr Khoo’s comments on the #KitaLawan rally in a tweet on the 15th of March 2015.
“Dr Khoo’s column raises many valid points about the motivations and actions of the police force in Malaysia as well as in other countries in response to public protests.
“To question her and to investigate and possibly charge her under the Penal Code is an affront to and an attack on academic freedom in Malaysia,” wrote Ong.
“He also called upon the IGP to “put an immediate stop to these intimidation tactics against legitimate academic inquiry and research”.