Arrest of PPS members makes us laughing stock
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo had some strong words for Prime Minister Najib Razak, saying the arrests of PPS members on Merdeka Day was “yet another unfortunate example of how Malaysia and the Najib administration will again become a laughing stock to the international world.”
Gobind who is Chairman of DAP’s National Legal Bureau said Malaysia was probably the only country in the world that arrested volunteers who helped in the fight against crime.
“We are probably the only country which arrests its citizens who voluntarily help in the fight against crime and to keep our streets safe!” he said in a statement where he also demanded the “immediate and unconditional release” of the arrested volunteers of Penang state’s Voluntary Patrol Squad.
Gobind also said the arrests were “utter nonsense” and reflected badly upon the Royal Malaysian police.
He said, “Instead of focusing on criminals and improving safety, the police act against citizens who are committed towards fighting crime.”
Gobind also brought up the case of residents who grouped together to keep their neighbourhoods safe asking, “Are they also at risk of arrest and detention?”
The incident of the arrests of PPS members took a turn for the worse when 62-year-old Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh was also arrested when he went to the Northeast police headquarters to give his statement.
Phee is the chairperson of the PPS.
In justifying the police’s actions, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said he was left with no choice but to arrest the PPS members because they persisted in carrying out their activities despite a stern warning from him to immediately stop.
Earlier the IGP sent out a tweet telling the PPS members to turn themselves in before the police raided their residences.
Despite widespread outrage from the general public over the arrests, there are still many who have criticised the PPS for taking the law into their own hands when they assaulted members of the public in two separate incidents. – AFP
With the high crime rate in the country and yet the police has so much TIME going after citizens who volunteer to help the police control crime - WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL NATION WE HAVE Become!!! And the police are even going to RAID their homes if they do not surrender! Are they terrorists!
The IGP should be sacked immediately!!!