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DAP asks for apology over police raid

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 24, 2009

THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

PETALING JAYA, May 24 – DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has demanded the Prime Minister apologise for last night’s police raid at the party headquarters, saying the police came like ‘thieves in the night’.

He asked who authorised the raid and wondered if it kept with police guidelines in searching sensitive places like the headquarters of political parties.

“The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should apologise for what five previous Prime Ministers had not done in the 43 year history of the DAP – police raid on DAP Hqrs as if the DAP is a terrorist organization like Al Maunah,” Lim said in a statement.

The police carted away a personal computer and 19 DVDs in the raid at DAPSY political education chief Ooi Leng Heng’s office.

Ooi was handfcuffed and brought to his office during the raid, which was done without a search warrant under the Printing Presses and Publications Act.

Police said Ooi, who was arrested Thursday night at a candle-light vigil in Ampang, is under probe for sedition-related activities.

Police have arrested 27 people in a series of candle-light vigils and stopped a fourth one last night. The DAP said the vigils are to commemorate the death of democracy in Perak.

“Why has Najib, who had committed himself to an open and democratic premiership only seven weeks ago, allowed the police to go on a rampage to the extent of doing  things which the previous five Prime Ministers had not allowed the police to do for 43 years,” asked the Ipoh Timur MP.

“The question many are asking is whether with Najib as Prime Minister and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein as Home Minister, the cousins are taking the country quickly down the slippery slope of a police state, where the rule of law and human rights are trampled upon indiscriminately without any compunction.

“Nobody believes that the police are not aware of the sensitivities of a police raid on the DAP Hqrs, or  that it would have taken place without the “greenlight” from the highest authorities,” he said.

Demanding to know who gave the orders, Lim asked, “Is the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, whom I had said many a time should resign because of his dereliction of duties, party to it?”

He pointed out the police raided the DAP building without a search warrant, coming like “thieves in the night” without any notice and could have taken more if not for the presence of party workers and lawyers.

Lim also asked if Gerakan president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon would be honest “with Najib and Hishammuddim that their key performance indictors (KPIs) will suffer grievously with such unprecedented police raids on the DAP headquarters?”

“Are there any MCA, MIC  or even Umno ministers who dare to condemn the police raid on DAP headquarters yesterday or place this subject on the Cabinet agenda on Wednesday?” Lim asked rhetorically.

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