Monday, October 10, 2011

Rogue Police Corporal

I am sure Malaysians can recall that our Police had absolved themselves of any wrongdoing during the Bersih 2.0 rally after setting up six internal teams to investigate claims of police brutality that followed after nearly 1,700 were arrested, scores injured and an ex-soldier died during chaotic scenes in the capital.

But Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai’s hand was forced when a group of medical consultants – read my blog posting dated July 15, 2011 – wrote to the media refuting the hospital board and police who claimed that no gas canisters or water cannons were fired into Tung Shin Hospital on July 14 during the Bersih rally. He then ordered a second probe.

Police finally admitted on July 21 that Tung Shin was hit with tear gas canisters and water cannon during the rally, but denied shooting directly into the compound. But this claim flies in the face of video clips uploaded on the YouTube video-sharing site showing water cannon and tear gas being fired into the hospital area.

In a report made public on Tuesday, the Health Ministry had determined that police acted in an unethical manner and breached SOP when dispersing demonstrators who had converged on the hospital to escape riot police.

The next day, KL City police CID chief Ku Chin Wah identified the errant policeman responsible for firing the tear gas into Tung Shin Hospital. He even highlighted that a police report was lodged against him and investigation had been held. “The matter has been referred to the Attorney General's chambers and no further action could be taken against him due to the absence of witnesses.” (Webpage http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/10/5/nation/20111005131418&sec=nation, published October 05, 2011). Wow, if there are Malaysians out there who actually believe Ku’s explanation, then they are really idiots!

But Ku indicated that disciplinary action will be taken against the policeman – he must be one super-duper policeman because he could fire tear gas and water cannon simultaneously - for breaching the standard operating procedures in dispersing the Bersih crowd

Even KL City police chief Mohamad Salleh repeated on Saturday that action would be taken against the rogue police corporal who was responsible for this tear gas incident at the Tung Shin Hospital.

I can only shake my head in disbelief. This scallywag is to be made a scapegoat while his superiors go scot-free!

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