Cold-blooded killing of two
police inspectors Jayabalan and Alagesan condemned by all Malaysians and the
killers must be hunted down and brought to justice
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
Malaysians are shocked and
revolted by the cold-blooded killing of two police inspectors, L/Kpl K.
Jayabalan from the Gombak police and detective L/Kpl M. Alagesan from the
city police headquarters during a drug bust in Sungai Buloh on Thursday
night and the killers must be hunted down and brought to justice.
Deepest condolences to the families of the two cops who died in the course
of duty. It is both an outrage and tragedy that their families will be
grieving instead of having a Deepavali celebration in a fortnight’s time.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Internal
Security Minister, said the deaths of the two police officers during the
drug raid could have been avoided if the police had adopted a proper
strategy and followed procedures.
The avoidable death of two police officers cannot be taken lightly, and if
the Prime Minister is right, then there should be a full inquiry as to why
the correct strategy and procedures had not been followed and who were
responsible for such negligence resulting in the unnecessary sacrificing
of two cops.
Parliament and the nation are entitled to know what lessons are being
learnt if the deaths of the two police inspectors were the cause of
avoidable negligence and sloppiness on the part of the police in carrying
out a drug bust – and what measures the government and the police are
taking to help the two bereaved families who are afflicted with the
The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan blamed the two deaths
on the police not having enough bullet-proof vests for his men during
special operations and patrols and that that he would be requesting an
allocation from the government to buy more bullet-proof vests for the
If Musa is right, then this is another outrage where the lives and safety
of police are unnecessarily exposed to danger because of not enough
bullet-proof vests for police carrying out high-risk duties while the
government, including the police force itself, squanders astronomical sums
of public funds every year not only for non-essential purposes, but
through corruption, criminal breach of trust and a litany of malpractices.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman