Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, 5th August 2009:
Musa Hassan on a personal vendetta binge – is he offering the “heads” of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders from PKR, PAS and DAP in exchange for another renewal as IGP in September?
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan is really on a personal vendetta binge.
He returned from Singapore yesterday where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his outstanding contribution in fostering excellent ties and co-operation between Malaysian police and the republic’s police force to declare that top Pakatan Rakyat leaders from PKR, PAS and DAP would be charged and prosecuted for masterminding last Saturday’s peaceful gathering by tens of thousands of people calling for the abolition of the Internal Security Act.
Musa has come to the conclusion and he makes no bones about it in public that the Pakatan Rakyat leaders from PKR, PAS and DAP namely Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and I are the “masterminds” of Saturday’s gathering and that we had committed criminal offences for which we would be prosecuted and punished – rolling into one in himself the three roles of Inspector-General of Police, Attorney-General and Chief Justice!
If further evidence is needed, Musa has provided the latest testimony of the personal vendetta he is waging against me and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders like Parliamentary Opposition Leader and PKR chief, Anwar Ibrahim and PAS President, Hadi Awang for the Parliamentary Roundtable which Pakatan Rakyat convened last week.
The Parliamentary Roundtable resolved, with the unanimous support of PR MPs and NGO representatives present, that Malaysia needs a new IGP to create a safe Malaysia and demanded that Musa Hassan should not be given a second renewal of term of service as IGP in September.
Is Musa offering the “heads” of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders from PKR, PAS and DAP to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Barisan Nasional government in exchange for another renewal as IGP in September?
Musa has recently been applying pressure for the renewal of his term as Inspector-General of Police. He said at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport that he has about a month more left to his contract but has not received any indication from the government over his future, adding:
“This question should be forwarded to the relevant authorities.
“They should know whether there will be an extension of my contract.”
If this is not a most improper pressure for renewal of his term as IGP, I do not know what is.
If Musa is given a renewal of his term as IGP, he would be the first IGP to be given two renewals as the No. 1 Policeman in the country after retirement.
Is Musa really convinced that his term as IGP should be renewed for another two years next month as there is not a single one from all the senior police officers, including the eight top police officers occupying key police positions below the post of IGP, who is qualified or competent enough to become the new IGP to provide a new police leadership and culture to roll back the tide of crime in the past five years?
Isn’t this itself a terrible indictment on Musa ‘s failure to groom a new generation of top police officers in the country?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor