Friday, August 20, 2010

Death threat to MP: A closer look into a shoddy police investigation

I was with Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua at his office in Damansara Jaya on 11/8/2010 at about 6pm when he first saw the envelope which contained the death threat and a live M16 bullet.

To ensure not to compromise the evidence, we used office stationery materials to deal with the envelope, and subsequently we placed it on a piece of newspaper to be brought directly to Damansara Jaya Police station.

At the police station, despite being informed of the suspicious circumstances of the envelop and the threat contained therein, the police used their bare hands to handle the envelope, passing it around the letter in the police station from one curious police to another. Their conducts have raised questions whether the police investigation is flawed from the beginning.

It does not take a forensic scientist to know that the police’s shoddy action has definitely compromised 90%, if not all, of the evidence, thus it is redundant for the police to have Tony and his aide’s DNA samples and fingerprints taken yesterday.

The police said the DNA samples and fingerprints were required to ensure that Tony and his aide did not send the package. However, I doubt the real reason for their evidence to be taken, a week after the statutory police report was made.

Related news: Pua & aide give DNA samples in probe over death threat

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Police in our country definately needs to be trained from scratch how to handle evidence. When my father's workplace was a crime scene a few years back, the police personnel was leaving their prints all over the place. That led us to verbally questioned the personnel there and then, if they should have had done that at all. When it was our house's turn to be the center of an offence committed thereon this year, again the shoddy investigation. We were too upset then to reprimmand the personnel for the 2nd time. With this kind of quality in investigation, and the quality of our Prosecutors in court (think - Abdul Razak Musa), is it any wonder that our crime rate and number of unsolved crime is perpetually on the rise.
With regard to their request for YB Tony's DNA and given that the incriminating evidences had already been touched by all and sundry, I really don't see why Yb has to provide the sample. How would it help in the investigation?