Media statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010:
MCA Ministers should why explain why MCA is so deadset against my parliamentary question on police inaction on previous five-year police reports against brother lawyers suspected of Sosilawathi mass murders that MCA cybertroopers launched a concerted
The four MCA Ministers should explain why the MCA is so deadest against my parliamentary question on police inaction on previous five-year police reports against the brother lawyers suspected of the heinous and gruesome Sosilawati mass murders that the MCA cybertrooper launched a concerted attack against me on twitter last night.
The cause of this MCA cybertrooper attack was my parliamentary question for the first day of the 34-sitting 2011 budget meeting of Parliament beginning on Oct. 11 which is addressed to the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, asking him "to list the date/nature of police reports lodged against the lawyer brothers in Banting suspected responsible for the Sosilawati mass murders, reasons for police inaction which have gravely undermined public confidence in police professionalism and latest actions on these police reports”.
Today, we read of another heart-rending story of a housewife, Samson Nahar Mohd Dali, 35, from Sungai Petani, whose husband Shafik Abdullah disappeared in April, being told by the police that there was a high probability that her missing husband had been murdered and was related to the Sosilawati mass murder suspects.
Shafik is among three people still listed as missing by police investigating the Sosilawai mass murders. The other two missing men have been identified as Indian businessman A. Muthuraja 34 and another businessman, identified as Thevaraj Shanmugam, 28, from Taiping.
Another case which police are working on is the murder of housewife T. Selvi, 44, who was slashed to death by two men outside her home in Banting in April last year.
The new Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar has publicly admitted that Sosilawati’s case could have been prevented if fast action, including proper investigation, had been conducted over earlier reports of missing persons.
This could only mean one thing – that the cosmetic millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya, 47, her driver, Kamarudin Shansudin, 44, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, and CIMB bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad 38 would still be alive if the police had been efficient and professional in handling all police reports which had been made against the lawyer brothers in the past five years going back to 2005, involving fraud, criminal breach of trust, missing persons and murder.
I would have thought all reasonable Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation, could unite in wanting to have an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service as envisaged by the 2005 Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission of Inquiry to perform the three core functions of ensuring the safety of citizens, investors, visitors and tourists by keeping crime low, fight corruption and protect human rights and would stand as one in demanding to know why the Police, particularly in Banting, had failed to take necessary measures against the spate of police reports against the brother lawyers going back for five years which would have spared Malaysians and our international image a lot of pain and damage.
It is therefore with shock that I find that my question for the first day of Parliament demanding to know from Hishammuddin the reasons for police inaction against the spate of police reports against the brother-lawyers for the past five years had attracted such animosity and provoked ferocious fire by MCA cybertroopers.
MCA leaders have always been nursing the illusion that just because no MCA Minister had ever held the portfolio of Home Ministry in charge of police, MCA need not bear any responsibility for the degradation of the Malaysian police service from the high international esteem in the early years of nationhood to the present status of a laughing stock among the police services in the world!
But this is a great fallacy, for MCA had always been a component party of the ruling coalition in the 53 years from the nation’s independence to the present day and it cannot disclaim responsibility from the principle of collective responsibility for the terminal degradation and deterioration of the key national institutions in the country, including the police.
The four MCA Minister should explain why the MCA is so deadset and hostile to my question demanding the Home Minister to account for police inaction over the spate of police reports against the Sosilawai mass murder suspects, as illustrated by the stance of the MCA cybertroopers.
If this is the MCA mentality, how can Malaysians expect MCA Ministers to speak up in Cabinet and government for an efficient, professional world-class police service to ensure safety of citizens, investors, visitors and tourists by keeping criminals at bay?
I have another question for the Home Minister in Parliament next month – “To ask the Home Minister the number of missing persons reported to police for each year since 2,000, giving separate breakdown for states; the success rates to locate the missing persons and why”.
Is this question also going to upset the MCA and if so why?
Is there anyone from among the MCA Ministers, Deputy Ministers and MPs who dare to support my call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to establish why no action had been taken on earlier police reports dating as far back as 2005 against the lawyer brothers linked to the mass murders of Sosilawati and three others?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor