Police must be
transparent and fair in solving cases that may spark racial emotion.
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw
proposes that the police adopt an open, transparent and just attitude
in tackling crimes especially deaths committed by a person of one race
on victims belonging to a different race, such as the deaths in
Jinjang North, Kepong Baru and Sri Segambut.
In this plural society, every person has a duty to preserve racial
peace and harmony. In the last few years, the changing society and the
pattern of crimes cause concern. A criminal of one race maims or kills
a victim of another race, sparking off racial sentiment. We must douse
On 2 March, 11 May and 20 May, this year, I have communicated with the
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohd Bakri, reflecting cases
of death that give rise to disquiet. On 28 January, 2006, a Chinese
youth in Jinjang North was injured and he subsequently died. On 2
February, 2006, a male university student of Chinese origin was
stabbed to death in Kepong Baru. The attackers were Indian. Now, all
eyes are on Indian and Malay gangs. What happens to Chinese gangs?
Last week, a Malay gang terrorized and injured an Indian youth from
Jinjang Selatan Tambahan. I have been told that a police report was
lodged. What did the police do? On 13 may, 2006, in retaliation an
Indian gang killed a 16-year-old Malay boy in Sri Segambut, Jinjang
South. The police action has been noticeable: the rounding up of
Indians in Jinjang Selatan Tambahan and relevant areas and road
blocks. This is to prevent reprisals of Malay gang on Indians.
Some have asked: Why had the police not taken similar measures on 28
January, 2006 and 2 February, 2006 in Jinjang North and Kepong Baru
respectively? It has to be seen to be fair.
The police know of these gangs. What is the relationship between them?
What has the police done to curb their activities? Are they involved
in robberies, snatch thievings, break-ins, dadah and so forth?
Residents of Indian descent in Jinjang Selatan Tambahan and Malay
areas nearby are under pressure. What are the ways used by the police
to calm and protect the different societies?
News on the above-stated cases can be suppressed. But, racial feelings
take time to go away.
Robberies, snatch thievings, criminal injuries and murders occur in
the whole country. We hope the incidence decreases. The police must be
seen to be open and fair in solving these cases. This year, the
allocation for the police is over RM5 billion. The implementation of
the 125 recommendations by the Royal Commission will make it easier
for the police to overcome the problems.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw , DAP National
Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong