Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Zahid Hamidi for violating Penal Code, MP tells cops

Accusing Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi of violating the Penal Code, DAP MP Lim Lip Eng has filed a police report to jumpstart an investigation on the home minister for purportedly endorsing extra-judicial killings and for his alleged links with the outlawed Tiga Line gang.
The Segambut MP also disagreed with ex-law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who suggested that Ahmad Zahid cannot be punished for his “shoot first” remark as the home minister was espousing a government policy, claiming the police do not have such instructions as part of their standard operating procedure (SOP).
“No, I don’t think it’s a government policy. It’s not the SOP of the police. They don’t practise ‘shoot first without warning’,” the lawyer and federal lawmaker told The Malay Mail Online today, and added, “Zaid is wrong.”
Lim had lodged a police report last night against the home minister, whom he claimed to have breached several sections of the Penal Code for making the “shoot first” comment.
On Saturday, Ahmad Zahid reportedly advocated a “shoot first” policy for the police in dealing with suspected gang members in the wake of a violent crime spree that has resulted in Malays making up the majority of the victims. In his speech at a security briefing event with community leaders in Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Ahmad Zahid said there was nothing wrong with arresting the over 40,000 known gangsters in the country, half of whom are Indians.
“What is the situation of robbery victims, murder victims during shootings? Most of them are our Malays. Most of them are our race,” he was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini, based on a 20-minute audio recording of the speech.
“I think the best way is that we no longer compromise with them. There is no need to give them any more warning. If (we) get the evidence, (we) shoot first,” he added, referring to suspected criminals.
Lim is also demanding a police probe on Ahmad Zahid for his alleged link to the “Tiga Line” gang, a society the Home Ministry had listed as a secret society. The Segambut MP suggested that the home minister, as a civil servant, had violated the Penal Code for withholding information about an illegal gang.
“He might withhold evidence if he knows the offenders. The Tiga Line gang is already known to be an illegal gang,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid was reported to have proclaimed friendship with members of a Malay non-government organisation (NGO) that were part of the Tiga Line secret society outlawed by his ministry earlier this year. While detailing the government crackdown on underworld figures at a security briefing with community leaders in Ayer Keroh, Malacca last Saturday, the home minister reportedly asserted the 6,000-plus Malay members of some gangs should not be lumped in the same category.
“The 6,171 Malays, they are not real thugs (samseng), they were Pekida members and were part of the Tiga Line group, Gang 30, Gang 7 — these are festivities (kenduri-kendara) gangsters,” Ahmad Zahid was quoted saying by news portal Malaysiakini, referring to members of NGO, Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia by its Malay acronym.
“I tell our Tiga Line friends, do what should be done,” he reportedly added, based on a 20-minute audio recording of the speech. Tiga Line was one of 49 secret societies the Home Ministry had named as banned in August in a crackdown on violent crimes following several shooting sprees nationwide. The home minister’s remark had triggered uproar from the opposition and rights groups who are now calling for his sacking.
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