Malaysia has the most politicised Inspector-General of Police(IGP) since Tan Sri Rahim Nor’s infamous act of beating up Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that gave Anwar the infamous black eye.(e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 29.3.2015.

Malaysia has the most politicised Inspector-General of Police(IGP) since Tan Sri Rahim Nor’s infamous act of beating up Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that gave Anwar the infamous black eye. DAP condemns in the strongest terms the arrest of a Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad at 3.20 am in his home, not for committing any offence that harm or stole from the rakyat, but for exercising a fundamental human right of gathering peacefully to protest against injustice and the Goods & Services Tax imposed on 1 April 2015.

PAS Shah Alam MP and central executive committee member Khalid Samad was rudely awaken from his sleep and arrested in the dead of the night under Penal Code section 143 for illegal assembly related to the Kita Lawan rally at the Sogo shopping mall. Is it necessary to put on a show of brute naked force by conducting such arrests in the dead of the night, when Khalid would never run away but would be willing to go to any police station in the daytime as requested?

No pro-BN demonstrators were arrested in the dead of the night like Khalid after their “illegal” rallies in Penang state government offices in Komtar or at DAP Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Again this is a clear case of double-standards and selective arrests by the IGP.

Has Malaysia now descended to new depths where a peaceful gathering is now a more dangerous offence than crimes that cause bodily harm or financial scandals that cause billions of ringgit in losses? Despite the Global Financial Integrity Report estimating that Malaysia lost RM1.4 trillion in illicit funds outflow over a 10-year period from 2003-2013, not a single person responsible has been arrested in the same manner that a MP elected by the people like Khalid suffered in the dead of the night. Does the IGP consider a peaceful assembly as a more dangerous offence that threatens national security as compared to corruption that steals our children’s future?

Khalid’s arrest follows high-handed arrests of PAS Deputy President Mohamed Sabu in Penang, PKR Secretary-General Rafizi Ramli and social activist Hishamuddin Rais’s. An estimated 120 individuals have been detained or questioned in just over a month after the jailing of Anwar in February. Such high-handed and arbitrary arrests commanded by the present IGP has also given Malaysia an international black eye in terms of human rights.

—-Mandarin —
民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2015年3月29日吉隆坡发表声明:

自从丹斯里拉欣诺一拳挥在拿督斯里安华依布拉欣脸上,让安华的黑眼圈闻名天下,马来西亚又出现了政治立场最鲜明的全国总警长。民主行动党强烈谴责警方在凌晨3时20分在莎亚南国会议员卡立沙末的住家逮捕他,卡立沙末并没有作奸犯科、没有偷、没有抢,他只不过行使基本人权,和平抗议即将在2015年4月1日实施的不公义消费税。

伊斯兰党莎亚南国会议员及中委成员卡立沙玛于深夜被粗暴地叫醒、逮捕,警方援引刑事法典143条文非法集会指他参与吉隆坡SOGO的“307抗争到底”大集会。警方有没有必要上演这种“夜闯民宅、粗暴逮捕”的戏码,而卡立或许没有意思逃跑而是会依据要求在大白天前往任何警局?

亲国阵示威者在槟州政府光大楼下或行动党吉隆坡全国总部进行了无数次“非法”集会后,他们有没有人像卡立这样,遭受警方这种“夜闯民宅、粗暴逮捕”的对待?全国总警长再一次双重标准及选择性逮捕。

马来西亚每一步都在往后退,就连和平集会也比造成身体伤害的罪行、或导致数百亿令吉损失的金融丑闻更加大罪?尽管华盛顿全球金融诚信(Global Financial Integrity)机构研究指出马来西亚在2003-2013年期间外流的非法资金达1.4兆令吉,但是,涉案者并没有像卡立那样,遭警方“夜闯民宅、粗暴逮捕”。难道总警
长认为参与和平集会比起那些贪桩枉法、窃取我们孩子未来的罪行,更加祸国殃民、罪加一等?

卡立被捕之前,警方也粗暴逮捕了伊斯兰党副主席莫哈末沙布、公正党总秘书兼副主席拉菲兹及社运分子希山慕丁莱斯。在安华于今年2月被判入狱之后,大约120名人士被拘留或盘问。现任全国总警长如此高压及独断的逮捕行动,形同在马来西亚的人权国际形象上,挥出了一个黑眼圈。

林冠英

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