Anti-Crime or Guised Anti-Police Bashing?

The drive-by shooting of R Sri Sanjeevan on the late afternoon of 27 July 2013 drew a lot of attention. Mainly from PKR leaders. No less than Opposition Leader and former abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim, PKR VP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Strategic Director Rafizi Ramli came up with all sort of comments and sensationalised statements.

Published: Monday July 29, 2013 MYT 3:28:00 PM
Updated: Monday July 29, 2013 MYT 10:42:59 PM

MyWatch adviser: Assassination attempt on Sanjeevan was only ‘a matter of time’

BY MICHELLE TAM

Sanjeevan being treated at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital. Sanjeevan being treated at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital.

PETALING JAYA: It was only a matter of time before an assassination attempt was carried out on anti-crime activist R. Sri Sanjeevan, said MyWatch advisor S. Gobi Krishnan.

According to him, this was because Sanjeevan, who is also MyWatch chief, had alleged police involvement with the criminal underworld.

On July 24, Sanjeevan had tweeted from his @SanjeevanSS account: “Seriously thinking to expose on a top leader of @PDRMsia where his son is under payroll of kingpins and some syndicates. Interesting piece!”.

“After he tweeted that, I called him immediately to ask why he revealed our next course of action. Sometimes, you must do things quietly until you have everything lined up and ready to expose, though the temptation is there to reveal it beforehand,” said Gobi when contacted by The Star Online.

Gobi said that Sanjeevan was a bachelor, which was why he took more risks than a man with a family would.

“When he tweeted that, they went for his life but did not succeed,” he added.

Sanjeevan was shot in a drive-by shooting in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan on Saturday evening, and is currently hospitalised at the Tunku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban.

Though his condition has stabilised, his feverish state has delayed an operation to remove the bullet from his rib cage.

Gobi blamed the police for their lack of action in addressing Sanjeevan’s many statements.

“A number from the police contingent headquarters (IPK) in Negeri Sembilan called with threats to shoot him. Sanjeevan made a report but no action was taken,” said Gobi.

However, Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has reportedly said that the police are not involved in Sanjeevan’s shooting.

According to Gobi, the arrest of Sanjeevan’s friend – who was present at the scene – for alleged drug links was also viewed as an attempt to discredit the MyWatch chief.

“They’re trying to suggest that the shooting might be related to a turf war between two different drug distribution groups. People were calling to ask if Sanjeevan was involved in such activities!” he said.

According to him, there were attempts to intimidate Sanjeevan even before the shooting.

“He was assaulted in a hotel in KL and followed by people in LCCT. They were only trying to scare him earlier with threatening phone calls and such, but once he touched a nerve, they wanted to finish him off,” he said.

“But they failed to realise that he is not the only bearer of evidence. If anything happens to me or him, we have evidence in various places and it will still be revealed,” he said.

However, the incident has raised MyWatch’s profile as an anti-crime task force.

“After the shooting, many have voiced their appreciation for MyWatch. We will now expose wrongdoings in a greater way, and it will be taken more seriously by the whole country,” said Gobi when asked about the organisation’s next course of action.

“Now we can expect better action to be taken against ‘dirty cops’, as MyWatch patron and former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has said,” he said.

“We will keep things under wraps until Sanjeevan is back,” he added.

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The statement that MyWatch Adviser S Gobi Krishnan is in the serious and malicious tone of Police and authorities bashing. Just like a statement from a  typical PKR leader, whenever the opportunity arises regardless whether it is with basis and evidence or pure speculation.

Meanwhile, the Police is working towards getting the case solved. Based on Sanjeevan’s passenger and friend Ramesh who is the witness to the shooting, CID officers and investigators have the eyes on the ball. The seriousness on the investigation is demonstrated when Director of CID CP Dato’ Hadi Ho is personally heading the investigation team.

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the Police already have the identity of the shooting suspects.

Published: Tuesday July 30, 2013 MYT 7:29:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 30, 2013 MYT 7:50:49 PM

IGP: Suspects in Sanjevan shooting identified, case still under investigation

BY FARIK ZOLKEPLI

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

PETALING JAYA: Police have identified the suspects behind the attempted murder of MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said while the suspects have been identified, the police still needed time to investigate case thoroughly.

“The public must let police investigate the matter.

“We have a few people that we are looking at, but I can’t comment more on that matter. We are in the process of investigating. Sooner or later we will find out,” he said Tuesday.

Asked on the revelation of an internal police memo allegedly implicating a list of policemen involved with the underworld, Khalid said Sanjeevan never passed such document to the police.

“I sent Bukit Aman’s Narcotics director to meet him a while back, but Sanjeevan’s whistleblower refused to meet with him.

“If there is indeed a memo, then pass it to us so that we can investigate,” he said.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli was quoted as saying Sanjeevan told the PKR leader of his intention to expose alleged links between drug syndicates and some members of the police force.

He said Sanjeevan had mentioned to him about possessing an internal police memo with a confidential listing of police personnel under investigation.

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The fact is that, Sanjeevan never provided any information for the Police to investigate. He has been a lot of claims about “Dirty Cops” and the more recent on drug operations but failed to provide information, which include names and circumstances of these corrupt practices.

IGP Khalid even made a statement earlier on Tuesday that Sanjeevan could have gone to the MACC and expose these “Dirty Cops”, “”I had advised him that if he did not want to give it to us, he could hand it over to the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency) instead”.

Published: Tuesday July 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 30, 2013 MYT 2:45:11 PM

MACC: Sanjeevan yet to furnish proof on claims

Hanging on: Sanjeevan being moved from the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban to the Serdang Hospital.Hanging on: Sanjeevan being moved from the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban to the Serdang Hospital.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has not received any evidence from MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan despite his continuous allegations against the police.

Its Deputy Chief Commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said the body could launch an investigation into Sanjeevan’s claims of cops colluding with drug syndicates if he provided evidence that would corroborate his claims.

“We have not received any evidence or report from him (Sanjee­van). We welcome people to come forward with evidence instead of just making allegations,” he said.

“We are always ready to act in curbing corruption but the cooperation of the people is a must,” he said.

Urging the public to come forward with credible evidence, Mohd Shukri said the commission was aware of allegations of police officers allegedly under the payroll of the underworld and syndicates but a report must be lodged before action could be taken.

“Allegations of police corruption is a serious matter but we need the cooperation of the people,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan was reported to have said that Saturday’s shooting of Sanjeevan could have been due to his revelations alleging police involvement in the activities of syndicated crimes and illegal activities.

Sanjeevan and a friend were driving a silver BMW to have a drink in Bahau when two men riding a red motorcycle approached them.

The pillion rider reportedly fired a shot which hit Sanjeevan on the right side of his ribs.

According to doctors treating Sanjeevan at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital, his condition has worsened due to internal bleeding.

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The motive of MyWatch as an anti crime NGO is suspicious if not dubious. This is because so far MyWatch evidently failed to work positively in any form of anti-criminal programs but instead just making accusations without evidence, to bash if not demonise the senior ranking officers of Police Force.

This is very much part of the Opposition ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy.

One interesting fact is that Sanjeevan did call on then Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and had the opportunity to state his case. However, he did not. Neither did he pass any information about these accusations of “Dirty Cops”. However, his tweets then there on against Hishamuddin was only about bashing the Home Minister via the micro-blogging.

It is doubtful that Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) is even a registered NGO, with registrar of societies. It is no different from any other Opposition guised ‘NGO’, such as SUARAM and Tenaganita.

Another interesting point is that S Gobi Krishnan is also a PKR man. Gobi, just like Sanjeevan or any of the PKR leaders never provided any constructive suggestion in anti-crime programs but instead rambling on Police-bashing, whenever the opportunity arises.  Like the statement stated in The Star.

It is amusing why Gobi did not step up and do a Police report on what he mentioned to The Star. Probably because he had no credible evidence but mere speculations, based on hearsay.  Then again, Police would not able to investigate anything based on information that came from thin air.

Police-bashing or worse still, Police demonisation without constructive suggestions on anti-crime programs would not bring about progress to society. Then again, PKR is never about progress. Its all about getting power, even at the expense of the public’s distrust on the Police based on compounded web of speculations and lies.

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Published in: on July 31, 2013 at 02:00  Comments (14)