Suaram hits out at cops for ‘selective efficiency’

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Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has expressed concern over what it described as the “selective efficiency” of the police force.

Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong said that the police seemed super-efficient when apprehending alleged “international terrorists” but their ignorance in the disappearance of ordinary Malaysians were mind-boggling.

“Yesterday, the statement by the Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun that M Indira Gandhi’s former husband is still believed to be in the country, but the authorities have no idea where he is, is an astounding example of this selective efficiency of the Malaysian police,” he said in a statement.

Kua was referring to Fuzi’s comments on the whereabouts of kindergarten teacher Indira’s ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, who failed to surrender their youngest daughter to her.

Fuzi had said that police had been trying since 2014 to track down Riduan, 47, who was formerly known as K Pathmanathan, based on a commitment order issued against him by the Ipoh High Court on May 30, 2014.

“We do not have a lead… I have given specific instructions to all divisions of the police, particularly the criminal investigation department, to track down the man.

“I also urge members of the public who have relevant information to come forward and assist us,” Fuzi was reported as saying.

The Federal Court has set aside the unilateral conversion of Indira’s three children to Islam, ruling that the conversion of non-Muslim children must get the consent of both parents.

It held that the certificates of conversion of the three children were issued without Indira’s consent and contravened the Federal Constitution and the Guardianship and Infants Act 1961.

Kua also took the police to task for its handling of the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and several other activists.

During the recent public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) into Koh’s disappearance, Suhakam commissioner and former Court of Appeal judge Mah Weng Kwai asked ASP Supari Muhammad, the investigating officer in charge of Koh’s abduction case, if Koh had left the country or was still alive.

Supari had replied that he had no idea.

Koh, 63, was abducted from his car by a group of more than 10 men in a convoy of vehicles on Feb 13, 2017. CCTV footage showed at least three black SUVs were involved in the abduction.

Another missing Malaysian, Amri Che Mat, 44, who co-founded charity organisation Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24, 2016.

His wife, Norhayati Ariffin, said witnesses saw five vehicles blocking the path of Amri’s car before he was whisked away, just 550 metres from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.

Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth, have also been missing since Nov 30, 2016.

Kua said the shocking discovery of mass graves of trafficked migrants near the Malaysian-Thai border in May 2015 also raised questions on the priorities and effectualness of the Malaysian police.

“So how is it that the Malaysian police have not taken any action against these human traffickers who have been operating with impunity for years? More importantly, who have the police apprehended over these heinous crimes since 2015?”

Kua hoped that the IGP and the government could give an assurance that such lapses in the professionalism of the Malaysian police would not occur again.

“We want to see peace, security and trust between the police and the people and not evidence of incompetence as in the cases cited above,” he added.