Hasn’t Police more important
things to do than to harass Raja Petra and bloggers like reducing crime and
eradicating the fear of crime which have spiralled out of control in the
country – or investigate Raja Petra’s detailed allegations about power
abuses and high-level corruption by political leaders and public officials
________________ Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang
Totally incredible! Webmaster
of popular news portal Malaysia Today, Raja Petra Kamaruddin questioned
for eight hours by the police yesterday but not a single question about
the articles that he had written and all about the comments posted on the
The question everybody is asking is: Hasn’t the Police more important
things to do than to harass Raja Petra and bloggers like reducing crime
and eradicating the fear of crime – or investigate Raja Petra’s detailed
allegations in his many articles about power abuses and high-level
corruption by political leaders and public officials?
Is the Police an independent and professional service to uphold law and
order to catch criminals without fear of favour including the
high-and-mighty in politics and government or is it just an instrument of
the powers-that-be to carry out its dirty work to victimize and harass
critics and dissent?
At a time when public confidence have been greatly shaken by the failure
of the police to control crime or to eradicate the fear of crime which
have spiraled out of control in the country, the spectacle of the police
wasting scarce resources to harass Raja Petra and bloggers while staying
scrupulously clear of showing any interest in Raja Petra’s many serious
allegations of corruption in high public places is not calculated to
enhance the police’s public standing or image.
Can the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, the Police, the Anti-Corruption
Agency and the Attorney-General explain why no investigation whatsoever
had been launched into the myriad of corruption allegations on the
Malaysia Today news portal, which would have justified the opening of
scores or even hundreds of corruption files?