Is lodging a report a crime now?

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Source: Berita Daily

whistleblower-590KUALA LUMPUR: Former Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s intention to lodge a report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fiasco is not an offence, said National Young Lawyers Committee chairman Syahredzan Johan.

Saying that the remand order of Khairuddin was excessive, Syahredzan questioned the police’s real intention in the arrest of the former Batu Kawan Umno vice chief.

“Certainly there is no criminal offence in the first place. How can someone be arrested for wanting to lodge a report and how can it be deemed as an act to topple a government or sabotaging the economy?

“The six day remand is excessive. What are the police trying to investigate? What else do you want to investigate for six days?,” he said when contacted.

The human rights lawyer added that the police needs to justify the arrest that was described as detrimental to parliamentary democracy before also slamming the police’s intention in questioning another politician Mahfuz Omar from PAS.

“How can lodging a report be branded as an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy? The police have to justify this.

“Plus why do they need to record Mahfuz’s statement? What offence has he committed? Can’t we all now question the police on its action? Does that fall on criminal act?

“The question now is, are the police respecting democracy?,” he questioned.

Khairuddin was stopped from leaving the country together with his lawyer, Matthias Chang, last week.

It was reported that Khairuddin was en route for the United States to meet FBI representatives after lodging several reports in Hong Kong and Switzerland in matters related to 1MDB.

He was detained shortly after being barred from flying.

Meanwhile, commenting on Khairuddin’s arrest, Mahfuz, who is also Pokok Sena MP, slammed the police force accusing it for acting as a government tool.

In a press statement, Mahfuz said that the police are being used by Prime Minister Najib Razak to silence his critics.

The Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar who is currently in Mecca performing his Haj replied by saying that Mahfuz will be called up for questioning.

“Mahfuz should know that investigations into 1MDB are being carried out by the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“He should also be aware that investigations are still ongoing and all agencies involved are still carrying out their responsibilities,” Khalid said in a statement late Sunday.