Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi send very strong messages as a reaction to Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department P Wathyamoorthy’s statement of “Shootout or execution” for the Police gunning down of five Indian gang members on Monday. It has been seen as in the tone of the Opposition and berating the professionalism of the Police Force.
Just quit if not happy with police actions, Zahid tells Waytha
BY MOHD FARHAN DARWIS, LEE SHI-IAN AND TRINNA LEONG
AUGUST 24, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: AUGUST 24, 2013 03:22 PM
Former Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy should resign from his Cabinet position if he wants to act like a representative of a non-governmental organisation, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).
“In the war against crime, there should be no quarter given to criminals,” Ahmad Zahid said, referring to Waythamoorthy’s criticism over the shootout in Penang.
“If an individual who once led an NGO, issues negative statements which bear the hallmarks of his past, then he should just resign from his position in the Cabinet,” he said.
Waythamoorthy, the deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, had criticised the police for the shooting of five suspected Indians in Penang and called for an inquest.
He was sceptical that a shootout had actually happened as police claimed, suggesting that the five Indians had been executed.
An angry Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar later refuted Waythamoorthy’s claims and insisted police would do whatever was necessary to keep the peace.
However, Ahmad Zahid didn’t make any specific reference to Waythamoorthy when issuing his hardline statement today, telling reporters to draw their own conclusions.
Earlier this week, he advised Waythamoorthy not to issue statements which conflicted with government policy.
“He should remember that he is no longer the head of an NGO, he isn’t the Hindraf leader anymore, don’t interfere in police work,” Ahmad Zahid said soon after Waythamoorthy had expressed unhappiness over the shooting.
Yesterday, Waythamoorthy responded by stating that he will not be silent on issues just because he is in the government.
“I cannot just be a disinterested observer on the sidelines just because I am in government.
“In fact, it is to the advantage of the government that I voice out the true sentiments of the people on the ground so that I can contribute positively to the objectives and good governance of the government,” he said in a statement released yesterday.
Ahmad Zahid’s views echoed sentiments expressed by Malay non-governmental organisations.
Right wing Malay NGO, Perkasa, said that the chairman of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) should make private inquiries about the incident rather than doubt the credibility of the police force.
“Our security forces are scrambling to reduce the public’s ire toward the increasing number of armed criminals but Waythamoorthy here is questioning the actions of our forces,” said Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, who is Perkasa’s vice president.
“We do not deny his right to fight for the Indian community but he needs to know his position. If he still wants to have the mentality of an NGO, it is best that he resigns and focus on building the Indian community,” he told the Umno-owned Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia.
Another group known as Tolak Individu Bernama Anwar Ibrahim (TIBAI) also asked the deputy minister to respect the police.
The group’s adviser, Muhammad Zahid Md Arip, said Waythamoorthy is looking at criminal activities from a very narrow scope and as such he should be dropped from the Cabinet.
“This is not a race issue but it is about national and public security. I urge the Prime Minister to remove Waythamoorthy from his position,” he added.
Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah cautioned Waythamoorthy from acting so quickly on his own to defend the Indians.
“Criminals are still criminals and the police know what they are doing. He should have discussed this first instead of impulsively releasing a statement,” Azwanddin was quoted as saying. – August 24, 2013.
Home Minister Zahid standing up for the Police Force is very encouraging. They are the law enforcement agency empowered with a parliamentary act and often enforcing other relevant acts, entrusted for the national security and combatting crime.
What is more important he is just stating what many Malaysians are reacting to Wathyamoorthy’s outrageous statement against the Police.
Then again, many are baffled if not left appalled on Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s decision to bring in former HINDRAF Chairman Wathyamoorthy as a Deputy Minister when he announced his Cabinet on 15 May 2013. HINDRAF in the past demonstrated their extremist, chauvinist and even militant tendencies.
On 25 November 2007, HINDRAF staged a very aggressive demonstration to protest the ‘Colonial policies of Great Britain’ here in Kuala Lumpur, where private properties like parked cars were destroyed and several shops were broken. 31 Indian youths were arrested and later charged for “Attempting to commit homicide against a Policeman on duty”.
These HINDRAF extremists were even described as “Guilty for High Treason”.
After sending a letter dated 15 November 2007 to Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Whitehall about “Ethnic cleansing in Malaysia”, they later resorted to wanting to sue the British Government.
Waythamoorthy wanted to sue the British Government and demand to pay £1,000,000 to each Malaysian Indian for the “Pain, suffering, humiliation, discrimination and continuous colonisation”. It is an outrageous political stunt, which is also very humiliating.
Obviously Prime Minister Najib’s policy of ‘inclusivity’ to bring minority personalities like Wathyamoorthy into the Federal Government isn’t of one the better post-13GE decision.