Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 26 June 2014.
Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar should stop making threats of taking action for sedition, against those who question the decision of the Federal Court that the BN Federal government had a right to ban the Catholic weekly “The Herald” from using kalimah “Allah”. The IGP’s warnings is unbecoming for a police chief charged with protecting the public, and smacks of double-standards when no action is taken against UMNO leaders from Perkasa, who on 23 June 2014 repeated their calls for the closure of the vernacular Chinese and Tamil primary schools.
Malaysians have a legal and constitutional right to question any court decision that is finally decided. This is in accordance with political, social, and judicial norms of our country since Merdeka. Criticism of court decisions based on the law also complies with international practices and natural laws. If court decisions can not be questioned, then this is no longer a democracy governed by rule of law but a dictatorship governed by men pretending to act under divine laws.
Police failure to act against those who bully and threatens minority groups or PR leaders who oppose BN only shows how the IGP has politicized the police force into becoming a tool of BN. Instead of upholding the law, the IGP has chosen to break the law by refusing to enforce child custodial orders issued by the Ipoh High Court. The High Court’s order to the police that the Muslim parent who had unilaterally converted the child, must return the child to the mother, is following universally and internationally accepted practices of human decency and humanity of reuniting mother and child.
The refusal of the IGP to comply with civil court orders is clearly a breach of statutory duty that has exposed Khalid Abu Bakar as completely unfit for such a high and important position because he has conveniently forgotten one of the primary police duties under Section 20 of the Police Act 1967 is to execute any orders of summons, subpoenas, warrants legally issued by the courts. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s suggestion of referring such child custody cases to the Federal Court fails to address, correct and punish such open contempt of courts and defiance of the IGP’s statutory duty.
On what basis has the IGP the right to act and arrest for sedition those who question court decisions, when he himself has flagrantly broken the law with an unlawful of of refusing to obey and enforce a direct court order?
LIM GUAN ENG