PRESS STATEMENT: 6 MARCH 2012
Conduct a Thorough Investigation and Take Appropriate Action Against Instigators!
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the police’s action in Penang whom is continuously intimidating human rights activists and opposition members who were involved with the Himpunan Hijau 2.0 (Save Malaysia Stop Lynas protest) in Penang.
We were informed that the police are calling all those involved with the Himpunan Hijau 2.0 which was held on 26 February at the Esplanade in Penang. So far the police have taken statements from eight individuals, including Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state Exco Chow Kon Yeow. According to one source, the police in their investigations were asking about the organisers’ of the event and also threatened that they can make arrests as the gathering was illegal.
However, the police failed to take the initiative to ask about the incidence of disorder committed by a group of about 50 men wearing the shirts and hats UMNO-Barisan Nasional and PERKASA who was provoking and preventing people from gathering peacefully at Speakers’ Square. In fact, two journalists from Kwong Wah Yit Poh Chew named Adam and Lee Hong Chun was also injured in the chaos that happened on that day. The question is why the police did not do a thorough investigation of the chaos created by a group of individuals who try to destabilize the chaos of the day? Why are the questions asked by the police limited to identifying the organisers of the event? Have the police taken action with regards to the over 20 police reports that have been lodged by the witnesses and victims against those created the chaos on the day? What are the outcomes of their prime investigation?
Therefore, we call upon the police to conduct thorough investigation and take appropriate action against those who caused a stir and injured journalists on the 26 February.
In another incident, we also condemns the police for summoning the General Secretary of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) Arutchelvan, and Student Activist Khalid Ismath Ibrahim who have been probed under the Sedition Act for having instigated a seditious speech in a public talk held in Beranang, Semenyih on 23th February. This talk is organised by Asalkan Bukan UMNO (ABU) (Anything butUMNO).
SUARAM views these as intimidation by the police disguised as investigations towards vocal oppositions members, activists and persons who questions ineffectiveness of the government policies and human rights situations in the country.
SUARAM condemns the police for their ongoing attacks and intimidation on freedom of expression and right to assembly, which are fundamental rights guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. The unruly action of the police speaks volume of their biasness to protect certain parties.
SUARAM stands firm in our demand to establish IPCMC to monitor the duties and complaints on the police. We need a system of check and balance to monitor enforcement authorities Malaysia!