The police force has come under fire again, this time by the blatant lie made by the Chief Police of Selangor, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar stating that the police did not storm into the crowd while the National Anthem was sung. Below are some excerpts from Malaysiakini:-
Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that the police moved in on participants at a candle-light vigil last night while they were singing the national anthem.
That is what they (participants) are claiming,” Khalid told reporters at the Petaling Jaya police district headquarters about midnight.
When told that there was a video recording of the police action, Khalid replied: “I am denying it.”
Well, my friend, I was among the hundreds who had to flee away from the bunch of uncivilized, armor-protected personnel. It is downright stupidity to deny the obvious, and it takes a real fool to attempt deceiving the public when footages of the event are already being circulated online. It saddens us, Malaysians, to have an incompetent figure like you to head a state police force. Above all, it worries us. My friendly advice to you would be to re-enroll into Pulapol(Pusat Latihan Polis) in Jalan Semarak.
Asked why Syukri had detained when he was on duty, Khalid said “He was part of the illegal organisation.” –This was in reference to the arrest of a Malaysiakini videographer, Syukri Mohamad.
It is the duty of a journalist to be present wherever there is a matter of interest to the public. Whether or not the event was legal, is secondary. Even if it was an illegal gathering, the journalist is duty bound to be present and report the event. These are the fundamental roles of the media understood even by fishermen at the shores of Tumpat district in Kelantan. Yet, the Chief Police Officer of Selangor fails to grasp it.
Asked if the group had posed a danger to the public, Khalid replied “That doesn’t matter. The law says that a permit must be obtained.”
Asked if this amounted to double standards, since no action had been taken against pro-government groups such as those protesting against the appointment of a non-Malay to head PKNS (Selangor government investment arm).
Khalid denied this, and reiterated that the group had failed to heed demands to obtain a police permit for four weeks.
A typical UMNO response; a no-response. He did not even answer the question directed at him. Instead, he maneuvered his way around and kept on harping on the fact that a permit has to be obtained. Why doesn’t the same rule apply to UMNO. Maybe it does, but only theoretically. Never before has the police force rejected a permit by UMNO applicants, and never before has an UMNO event been disrupted by the police. That speaks for itself.
The press should bombard him with questions and push him for an answer. As RPK fondly says, “Let’s milk the cows till their tits run dry!”
The videos that contradict the statement by the Chief Police Officer of Selangor:-
The list of those who were arrested:
1. Tony Pua Tiam Wee
2. Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
3. Lau Weng San
5. Ashok Kandiah
6. Ong Boon Keong
7. Father Paulino Miranda
8. Ambrose Goh
9. Shukri Mohamad
10. Sunny Lim
12. Angelia Ooi
13. Arrif Abdul
15. Goh Chien Li
16. Johny Andrew
17. Kenny Goh
19. Mohd Faizal
22. Syed Ahmad
by Argus Eye.