There is a compelling rational for the Emergency Ordinance (EO) to be brought back. A former Negeri Sembilan PKR man and an activist of an unregistered NGO specialising on criticism against Police and official reports of crime was shot by seemingly a hitman.
28 July 2013| last updated at 12:34AM
Anti-crime watchdog chief battling for life after being shot by gunman
By MAIZATUL RANAI | firstname.lastname@example.org 0 Google +0 0 0 comments
SEREMBAN: Gunmen targeting on the chairman of anti-crime watchdog, MyWatch, made an attempt on his life yesterday.
R. Sri Sanjeevan, who was shot at close range at 4.30pm yesterday at Taman Cempaka, Bahau, was at press time was in a critical state.
Jempol police chief Supt Hamzah Alias said Sanjeevan had gone out with his friend, Ramesh Balakrishnan, 35, for a drink after picking up the latter at his house.
“The two were in Sanjeevan’s silver BMW when he (Sanjeevan) stopped at a junction near Taman Awana Indah and wound down the car window for a smoke.
“Two assailants on a red motorcycle rode up next to him. The pillion rider then fired a shot at Sanjeevan’s right rib,” he told the New Sunday Times when contacted last night.
He said the pillion rider then got off the motorcycle and walked towards Sanjeevan but Sanjeevan managed to speed off despite having sustained a gunshot wound.
“The victim despite being badly injured, managed to drive off, leaving the suspects behind.”
“The suspects then left the crime scene and rode away towards the road leading to Rompin.” “ he said.
Hamzah said Sanjeevan drove some 300m from the scene before pulling over for his friend to take over the wheel.
“His friend (Ramesh), then moved him to the passenger’s seat before taking and driving to the Jempol Hospital,” he said.
Sanjeevan is expected to be transferred to Kuala Pilah hospital today.
Hamzah said the police have yet to establish the motive behind the attempted murder.
“So far there have been no leads or suspects. Investigation is ongoing,” he said, adding that a special task force had been set up by the Negri Sembilan police headquarters to probe the case, which is being investigated under section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.
It was reported in January that Sanjeevan claimed he received a death but brushed it off as part of the risk that came with the role he assumed.
Sanjeevan had claimed someone called him from a unknown warning him to watch his back as he had “stepped on too many toes”.Mywatch president R. Sanjeevan undergoing treatment at Jempol Hospital. NST pix by Abnor Hamizam Abd Manap
If the crime is really an assassination attempt, then it there is a high probability that it is a professional job. It simply means that a hitman is hired to finnish of Sanjeevan.
The task is now for the Police to look for these criminals. It is not as daunting as providing the motive, evidence and possibile witnesses for the Public Proscecutor the charge the accused.
That’s is the tricky bit. It has been said many refuse to step up to be witnesses in murder cases involving professional hitmen.
More often than not, murder cases like these are linked to organised criminals and the intricate network of underground vices and criminal groups. Individuals with knowledge of these crimes are said to be not forthcoming with information, for fear of having to be witnesses.
The deficiency in admissible evidence and testimony of credible witnesses is the major reason why assassinations involving organised criminals cannot be brought to justice.
That is the very reason why necessary crime fighting apparatus such as the Emergency Ordinance (EO) needs to be brought back.
For the record, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak repealed what some liberal like minded minority pockets of the society described as “Draconian Laws”, such as Internal Security Act (ISA) and EO on the eve when The Mole went live. The endless argument is that these laws are impeding into human rights and principles of civil liberty.
Since 2012, it is believed that more than 2,000 detainees under EO and a few thousand more as ‘Restricted Residents’ were released to society. Many believe that the increased number of crimes include vice related activities, armed robbery, murder and extortion and kidnapping are attributed to these organised criminals being returned to their previous network.
Undoubtedly, it is time to bring these laws back. The society needs to be protected from ‘ruthless and underworld criminals’.
The fact is that the modern world is filled with sophisticated but really brutal and ruthless criminals, where it is almost impossible to be brought to justice. The necessity to take them off the streets and place them away from society surpasses the notion to uphold principles of human rights and democracy.