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by Lim Kit Siang
I will propose that the Parliamentary Roundtable call on the Dzaiddin Commission of Inquiry to re-open its public hearings as it seems to have ended its public proceedings in a rather slipshod manner, without giving proper and adequate consideration to its fourth term of reference, viz to scrutinize the police’s standard operating procedure or rules pertaining to body searches in the arrest and detention of a person, and to make its recommendations.
I agree with the Bar Council President Yeo Yang Poh that the Commission of Inquiry should have heard more witnesses as its task is not only to investigate the video clip but also listen to more evidence in order to investigate the strip-search procedure in the past years.
There are other aspects which the Commission of Inquiry should reconvene publicly to adduce more testimony, particularly:
Police have said that they had conducted intensive investigations and the Police investigating officer should be subpoenaed by the Commission of Inquiry to testify on the outcome of police investigations into these two matters.
Another aspect the Commission of Inquiry should probe is why the police and the Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Noh Omar had withheld from the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Parliament, the Chinese Government and the Malaysian public for 20 days from Nov. 24 to December 13 the vital information that the woman victim of the naked earsquat videoclip was a local Malay woman and not a Chinese national, and what punitive action should be taken against the officers and Noh Omar for such gross misconduct.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman