Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 21.4.2015.
The barbaric act of UMNO Selangor leaders and a brother of the Inspector-General of Police(IGP), in forcing a church to take down a cross proves that the Sedition Act is used as a political weapon against PR and those who oppose BN, when either the IGP or the Home Minister alone can decide whether investigation will be done without fear or favour. This disgraceful act of barbarism by the extremist Selangor UMNO-led protesters against a church in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya, has made news around the world.
The failure by the IGP to take stern action immediately, has put an end to any talk of moderation at the international stage by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The public questions the IGP’s, loyalty to his duty, impartiality and professionalism in absolving the protesters of any crime, just because his own brother was present amongst the protesters together with UMNO Selangor leaders.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had tried to do damage control, when he contradicted the IGP by stating that this barbaric act in forcing the removal of a cross displayed outside the church, was indeed seditious. However the public has no confidence in such play-acting and sandiwara, or that the Home Minister is genuine in upholding the law when the IGP is more protective over his own brother.
The Home Minister can only prove that he is sincere and genuine about protecting the fundamental rights of freedom of religion of non-Muslims, by asking the IGP to step down temporarily until the police investigation over this seditious case that involved the IGP’s brother is completed. Only by the IGP stepping aside and allow his deputy to take over in the interim period of the police investigation, can the public confidence lost be regained, that there is still rule of law in Malaysia and that the police will uphold the law instead of protecting their own relatives.
LIM GUAN ENG
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