Kugan: Let Kugan not die in vain - entire Cabinet should resign if no RCI and IPCMC|
Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, January 29 @ 00:38:14 CST
Lim Kit Siang, Jan 29 2009
A. Kugan would not have died in police custody if the Independent
Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) had been
operational since May 2006 as recommended by the Police Royal
Commission headed by former Chief Justice Tun Dzaiddin and former
Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar.
If the IPCMC, the key proposal of the 125 recommendations of the
Police Royal Commission to transform the Malaysian police force into an
efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service to
discharge its three core functions to keep crime low, eradicate
corruption in the police force and uphold human rights had been set up
in accordance with the timeline as proposed, a new mindset and culture
of responsibility, accountability and professionalism would have been
disseminated and developed in the police force in the past 30 months
and saved the life of Kugan.
As it is, even the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar does
not have this requisite mindset that he could come out with his latest
howler, when he said that “the people should not regard criminals as heroes and the police who enforce the law as demons”.
This statement, as outrageous as his previous howler when he said
last September that the Sin Chew senior reporter Tan Hoon Cheng had
been detained under the infamous Internal Security Act for her personal
safety, is strong testimony that Hamid is not capable of being a
reformist Home Minister to undertake long-needed and far-reaching
Malaysians, like people all over the world, do not regard criminals
as heroes and the police as demons but when a Minister responsible for
police makes a shocking statement of this nature, it reflects that
something has gone very wrong both with the police force and the Home
Minister with regard to the most basic of government duties – to keep
the people safe and to uphold law and order.
As a lawyer and Home Minister, Hamid cannot presume that Kugan is a
criminal as it must be left to the courts to decide whether Kugan was
guilty of the crimes alleged against him.
Even if Kugan was guilty of the crimes alleged, the police cannot
take the law into its own hands and continue to pile up the shocking
statistics of deaths in police custody.
Although the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has
reclassified Kugan’s death as murder, sent back police investigations
and ordered a more thorough probe, as well as demanding to see the
second post-mortem conducted by the University of Malaya Medical
Centre, the police conduct and the Home Minister’s attitude had gravely
undermined public confidence in the independence and professionalism of
police investigations into Kugan’s death.
There can be no alternative to a Royal Commission of Inquiry into
Kugan’s death in police custody, as well as the police and the Home
Minister’s responses to the events after Kugan’s death.
Kugan’s death in police custody also marks the abysmal and final
failure of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s reform
programme, standing out as a tragic symbol of the pathetic end of his
pledge for police reforms in particular and his reform agenda for the
The Cabinet must rise to the occasion to take two decisions:
• Set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Kugan’s death in police custody and the immediate events after; and
• Belated acceptance of the Police Royal Commission’s key
recommendation for the establishment of the IPCMC by ensuring that an
IPCMC Bill is presented to next month’s Parliament.
************Raja Petra Kamarudin, Jan 29 2009
............ Saying that Malaysia’s race relations has improved is not enough,
especially when it is Barisan Nasional politicians who are talking.
This is mere rhetoric and even those making the statements know this is
true. We need to do more than just talk. We need to act as well.
can we explain why an estimated 90% of those who die in custody are
Indians when Indians are not 90% of those behind bars? I have been
behind bars many times myself and I can tell you that those who share
the prisons or detention centres with me are not 90% Indians. In fact,
90% of the ISA detainees are Malays while the majority of those under
EO are Chinese (with quite a number of Indians as well of course). In
the lockups, more than half are Malays. In some lockups, depending on
where it is, it is an almost all-Malay population.
the high number of Indians killed behind bars does not reflect the
proper ‘racial quota’. Is it any wonder that the Indians are upset? And
if the Indians demonstrate their unhappiness, who are those ‘others’
who are going to become ‘sensitive’ about it? Certainly not the
Indians, and the Chinese could not care a damn.
The Malays and
Barisan Nasional politicians must guard what they say. What comes out
of their mouths reflect what’s in their minds. And what’s in their
minds is that Malay ‘sensitivities’ come first and the sensitivities of
all others are not important. How can we shout about how much improved
Malaysia’s race relations are when what you say does not give this
Parti Keadilan Nasional (PKN) once threw a dinner
party back in 1999 (before it became PKR) and the food had beef in
everything, even in the vegetables. I asked the organiser why he did
not provide for a vegetarian alternative for the Hindus and
vegetarians. Even the vegetables were ‘not halal’ to Hindus and
The reply the organiser gave me was that Malaysia
is a Muslim country so they have prepared a ‘halal’ menu according to
the Muslim tradition. The non-Muslims will have to learn to live with
this, the organiser added. They can always not touch the food, the
Why would anyone want to come to a dinner party
and not eat the food? Would they rather not come? The late MGG Pillai
pointed this out to me and said that keADILan should be more sensitive
to the feelings of those who are Hindus or vegetarians. At least one
vegetarian table should have been prepared, he said.
apologised to Mr Pillai and promised to take him to dinner later to
make up for it. “Oh, it’s not about me,” he replied. “I am just
pointing it out to you.” And he went and whacked the chicken and fish.
Mr Pillai was not grumbling because he could not eat what had been
prepared. He was more concerned about the party’s image and what people
might say about a ‘multi-racial’ party that caters only to the Muslim
diet and tells those guests who can’t eat the food to “jangan makanlah
kalau tak boleh makan.”
Malays are always concerned about their
‘sensitivities’. But when others also get ‘sensitive’, the Malays get
upset and get the impression that the non-Malays are becoming too much
and too demanding. This is a Malay country. Why are the non-Malays
complaining so much? If they don’t like it then why not they go back to
India or China or wherever they came from?
But that’s just the
point. They came from Malaysia, just like everyone else. They can’t go
back to China or India. They did not come from China or India. They
came from a town somewhere in Malaysia, the place where they were born.
And they are as Malaysian as everyone else. How to make the Malays
There is no way we can reinstall the program in
their heads. We can’t even reformat the hard disk. The old program is
so corrupted and the hard disk practically destroyed. We need to buy a
totally new hard disk. This is what Malaysia and its race relations
have been reduced to.
Indonesia is not safe for the Chinese,
many Malays will tell you. They kill Chinese in Indonesia. And that is
why many Chinese have left Indonesia and have migrated to another
country. The Chinese are more fortunate in Malaysia. In no other
country are the Chinese as lucky as the Chinese in Malaysia. This is
the belief of most Malays.
Well, in November 2008, Indonesia
passed the Non-discrimination Act (UU No. 62/58) that makes it a crime
to discriminate against any ethnic group. Indonesia’s aim is to unite
all the races. Sure, there may have been problems in Indonesia in the
past. Malaysia too has been having problems on and off since even
before Merdeka. But Indonesia is trying to change all that. Malaysia is
not only perpetuating racial problems but we even have
institutionalised racial discrimination.
Indonesia is no longer
the ‘cowboy’ country that it once was. It has taken a giant leap into
the new Millennium. They even give the opposition parties equal airtime
on the government-owned television networks. Malaysia, unfortunately,
is now far behind Indonesia. I know many Malaysian Chinese who have
shifted their business interests to Indonesia. If we are not careful
all our money is going to exodus to our neighbour and one day, soon, we
are going to be poorer than that largest Muslim country in the world.
what will come next? Indonesian maids will stop coming here to work?
Instead, Malays will go to Indonesia to work as maids? Don’t laugh! It
not only is not funny, it can even happen, though maybe not in the
In the 1960s, the Pakistanis used to go to England to work as labourers. 50 years on and many Pakistanis are now the towkays
while the ‘whites’ work for them. Stand on Oxford Street and see for
yourself. Look at all the Rolls Royces passing by. The ‘white skins’
are driving the cars while the ‘brown skins’ sit in the back seats.
Okay, some Pakistanis still work as the kuli. Not all are towkays.
But the streets are no longer being swept by the ‘brown skins’. The
‘white skins’ do that dirty job. And the ‘white skins’ rent apartments
owned by the ‘brown skins’.
Muhyiddin Yassin talks about Umno
going downhill and what they should do about it. The problem is, he is
totally clueless about the reason. The doctor can’t cure the disease
until he can diagnose what is wrong with you. My late father was
suffering from heartburn, said his doctor, and he recommended anti-acid
tablets. After he suffered a heart attack and died at a young age of 40
plus, the doctor said maybe it was not heartburn after all. Maybe it
was a mild heart attack that became worse because it was not treated.
friend of mine, DJ Tate, went to the Tawakal hospital because he was
not feeling well. Just fatigue, said the doctor, go home and rest. Tate
phoned me to tell me he would not be joining me at Anwar Ibrahim’s
house for tea that day. He was not feeling well, he said. He hung up,
slumped into the chair, and died within seconds. Five minutes later the
wife phoned to say that Tate had died. I was shocked. I spoke to him
barely a few minutes before that.
Yes, unless the doctor knows
what is wrong with you he might recommend an afternoon nap or some
anti-acid tablets. You then lie down and die. Umno needs a better
doctor than all those quacks. It is dying, not just tired. And unless
they treat it with the right medication Umno is going to soon be buried
like how I buried my father and Mr. Tate.
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