Call on the Police Force Commission to investigate into the conduct of the police force in Perak whose overwhelming presence at every sitting of the Perak State Assembly has negate the very notion that the Legislative Assembly must be free from outside interference.
I refer to the media statement issued by the Perak Chief Police Office (CPO), Dato’ Pahlawan Zulkifli Bin Abdullah yesterday that I will be investigated under Section 4(1)(a) Sedition Act, 1948 with regard to the State Assembly sitting on 31/3/2010. This is a clear indication that the police is actively involved politically to side the BN Perak State Government that was not democratically elected. They have deviated from their primary role of maintaining law and order. They are now actively involved in helping BN find fault with the PR leaders.
I call on the Police Force Commission to investigate into the conduct of the police force in Perak whose overwhelming presence at every sitting of the Perak State Assembly has negate the very notion that the Legislative Assembly must be free from outside interference.
Perak is effectually a police State. The police is used to protect and ensure that the BN which has been rejected by the people in the last general election but grabbed power through undemocratic means stays in power. The overwhelming presence of the police during Perak State Assembly sittings negate the idea of a Legislative Assembly that is free from outside interference.
The police is now trying to find fault with me not because they want to uphold the law. The BN is trying to use them to oppressed the opposition. I will not fear intimidation as I have my oath of office to uphold. If the police truly uphold the rule of law they should have the policemen who invaded the State Assembly and forcibly removed V. Sivakumar from his speaker’s seat on 7/5/2009 charged in court. I challenge the CPO to reveal the names of all those policemen who entered the Perak State Assembly. The police have refused to disclose their names thereby hampering the course of justice. Due to the refusal to disclose the names, the Legislative Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar could not sue them.
The CPO said that the police acted because they followed the instructions of the Speaker. The police followed the instruction of BN and not the Speaker. On 3/3/2009, when V. Sivakumar was recognized by both BN & PR as the legitimate Speaker why did the police ignored his instruction to allow the State Assemblyman and women to convene the sitting of the State Assembly thereby causing the infamous Assembly sitting to be held under a tree? Police have clearly breached Section 124 of the Penal Code when they prevented the elected representatives from performing their duties. Why was no one charged in court? Police takes instruction from Dato Ganesan because he is BN installed.
Police have been violent against V. Sivakumar on 7/5/2009 and 28/10/2009 and other elected representatives on other occasions. We believe they can be violent when instructed. Therefore, there is real fear that they will be violent on 30 & 31/3/2010 when hundreds of them surrounded the State Assembly and occupy the corridors of the State Assembly. The police have permitted many plain clothes strangers into the State Assembly which from past experience could also be members of the police force.
The Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives view the huge presence of the police as an intimidation to overwhelm or overawe them. The State Assembly has always been conducted in an orderly manner with only one Sergeant At Arm in his ceremonial clothes. Even assuming that police presence is needed, 4 or 5 of them will be more than sufficient. In the whole Perak crisis, the elected representatives from both the BN and PR have never used physical force against each other. It was always the police who have acted violently.
I would like to remind the CPO to observe the law and not act on the wishes of BN because he will find himself one day charged in court once he is out of favour with BN or the police force. Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Dato Ramli bin Yusoff are examples that he must always be mindful of.
DATO’ NGEH KOO HAM
- Assemblyman for Sitiawan
- MP for Beruas