Abdullah must respect human
rights and end police abuses of power of “arrest then investigate” and
insist on “investigate then arrest” procedure and order Nathaniel Tan’s
by Lim Kit Siang
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi must respect human rights and end police abuses of
power of “arrest then investigate” and insist that police adhere strictly
to “investigate then arrest” procedures.
Abdullah should order the immediate release of blogger, PKR webmaster and
aide to Anwar Ibrahim, Nathaniel Tan to send a clear message that his
administration and the police under his watch respect human rights, one of
the three core functions delineated by the Royal Police Commission in its
Report and 125 recommendations to create an efficient, incorruptible,
professional world-class police service.
Police abuses of power were manifest when they first let it be known that
Tan was arrested in connection with the doctored photograph purportedly
showing Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak with his confidante
Razak Baginda and the murdered Mongolian woman Altantunya Shaariibuu.
Then there was talk about action against Tan under the Penal Code before
the Official Secrets Act (OSA) was trotted out as the reason for Tan’s
And most incredible of all, the subject of the OSA action was the
anonymous website on the RM5.5 million corruption allegations against
Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Seri Johari Baharum.
It is not only Johari who would want to know the identity of the person or
persons responsible for the anonymous website which posted the corruption
allegations against Johari – and there are allegations that the anonymous
website could originate from within the police itself.
Let there be a full and thorough investigation to find out who is
responsible for the anonymous website making the RM5.5 million corruption
allegations against Johari, but leave Tan alone, as nobody seriously
suggest that Tan is responsible for the anonymous website.
In the circumstances, the arrest of Tan is not to find out who are the
person or persons behind the anonymous website against Johari, but has an
ulterior motive – and must be regarded as highly intimidatory of dissent
and a threat to all bloggers in the Malaysian blogosphere.
It is most ridiculous and outrageous that the anonymous website on the
corruption allegations against Johari could be the basis for police arrest
of Tan under the Official Secrets Act when there can be no reason to
suspect that Tan was responsible for the website.
Not only the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail should act to stop
further abuse of such police powers, the Cabinet must discuss the issue on
Wednesday and send out a clear directive to the police that it must
respect human rights and stop “arrest then investigate” but must stick
strictly to “investigate then arrest” procedures.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman