Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 24th March 2011:
Can IGP Ismail Omar give a categorical assurance that there would be no cover-up in the Carcosa sex tape investigations as happened in 1998 when results of Anwar Ibrahim black-eye police investigations were initially suppressed?
The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar should give a categorical assurance that there would be no cover-up in the Carcosa sex tape investigations as happened in 1998 when results of Anwar Ibrahim black-eye police investigations were initially suppressed.
More than a decade after the event, the former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigations Department chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim, who was the investigation officer in the Anwar “black eye” assault case, revealed that he had right from the beginning found out that it was the then Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Rahim Noor who had committed the offence but this information was initially suppressed and it was only finally forced out publicly in a Royal Commission of Inquiry four months later.
A special police team to investigate into Carcosa sex tape caper lodged by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not inspire much confidence unless the Inspector-General of Police can give such an assurance as well as explain why the police had been so slow in springing into action following news of the Carcosa sex tape video caper on Monday.
In fact, the IGP should explain whether the police had previous information of the Carcosa sex tape caper as it would reflect most adversely on the competence, efficiency and professionalism of the Special Branch - undoubtedly one of the most if not the most efficient units not only in the police force but of the entire government service - if police intelligence had failed completely to alert the authorities of the Carcosa sex tape caper.
And if the police had prior information, why police had allowed the Carcosa sex tape caper to take place and furthermore why it had waited more than 24 hours later when Anwar had lodged police report before taking action?
Furthermore, why up to now, despite the public confession by the culprits admitting that the “Dato T” comprised one Tan Sri and two Datuks, viz. Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik, Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Datuk Shuib Lazim, why the police have not yet arrested and charged them in court for various crimes including Section 292 of the Penal Code for “publicly exhibiting any obscene or pornographic material” liable to a jail term of three years or Section 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 where a person is liable to be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to five years or both.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor