Murder in Tapah: Was it politically-motivated?


TAPAH MURDER: Are police shielding MIC leaders – PKR wants answers


Malaysian Insider

Do not politicise Murugan’s death, says Perak police chief

July 08, 2013

Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan today urged certain quarters not to politicise the death of K.Murugan, an aide to Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate K. Vasantha Kumar, so as not to disturb the police investigation into the case.

He said the police never closed the case investigation but was still continuing with it from various aspects.

“They should instead have full confidence in the Perak police as the incident happened in Perak. There is no question of the case investigation needed to be taken over by Bukit Aman,” he said after attending the state police contingent headquarters’ monthly assembly here today.






Malaysia Chronicle

Friday, 05 July 2013 14:42

Are police shielding MIC leaders – PKR slams “unfair & unprofessional” MURDER PROBE

Written by Malaysia Chronicle

PETALING JAYA – PKR leader Vasantha Kumar slammed the police for “unfair and unprofessional investigation” into the murder of his campaign aide, accusing them of shielding BN leaders including MIC MP for Tapah M Saravanan.

Vasantha, who contested the parliamentary seat against Saravanan, wants the police to be transparent and stop their alleged stonewalling into the probe into the murder. He also wants Home Minister Zahid Hamidi to respond to the victim’s family.

“This is a public interest case. Murugan was my aide in charge of security and organised a ceramah in Taman Sri Bidor in the run-up to the general election. His family believes he was killed because he was a threat to the BN. His mother lodged a police just a day ago to put on record the conversation he had with his father and how he had told his father he had received death threats on his mobile phone,” Vasantha told a press conference on Friday.

His aide K Murugan, 36, had disappeared on May 1 and his body found three days later, floating in a pond near Batu Gajah, Perak.

According to Vasantha, the police told him they have questioned a total of 22 people so far. Two suspects have been identified, one of whom – allegedly a BN worker – had fled to Indonesia.

“These are all from the Pakatan side. The police only interviewed his Pakatan colleagues but no one from the BN side or from Saravanan’s side has been called up, why?” said Vasantha.

“One of the suspects was from Pakatan. They remanded him for 6 days but could not find any evidence. The other fled to Indonesia. Why cannot the police call their counterparts in idonesia to arrest him or deport him? Is this an excuse not to chase the case further.”

Malaysia Chronicle
Thursday, 04 July 2013 10:08

Not only was the ink edible, voters bribed but there was also MURDER!

Among the bundles of affidavits, notes, testimonies and other bits of evidence which make up the 39 election petitions filed by Pakatan Rakyat following GE13 lies the story of K. Murugan.

Or more accurately, his gruesome murder.His death only merited a dash of ink in the newspapers in the days leading to May 5, and if not for the tireless efforts of his family and PKR’s Vasantha Kumar, it would have been a footnote by now.Vasantha, the candidate for Tapah, remembers Murugan working tirelessly for him in the tough battle against MIC’s Datuk M. Saravanan. He organised political rallies and worked the ground sufficiently that he got noticed.He received death threats and was asked to stop campaigning for the Opposition.

He disregarded the threats and did not think twice about leaving his home early on May 1 after receiving a call. That was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found in a river, weighed down by scrap metal. His hands and feet were bound.

Vasantha said: “We believe that Murugan was murdered to intimidate the voters. He was well-known locally and it was his job to organise ceramahs for me.”

This is probably the first time in Malaysian history that murder has been raised as a reason to nullify an electoral result. This is also the first time in history that so many election petitions have been lodged by Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Malaysia Chronicle
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 00:25

Murder of aide to PKR candidate for Tapah was politically motivated – SUARAM

Written by Thevarajan R

Civil societies in Malaysia take great concern of the murder of Mr Murugan A/L Kandasamy, the political aide for Tapah PKR candidate Vasanatha Kumar, which was highly suspicious during the general election campaign in Tapah, Perak.

We believe that the murder was political motivated and the most violent incident during the 13th general election and we urge the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to form a special task force consists of high ranking officers to carry out the investigation.

Representatives from civil societies will be submitting a memorandum to the newly appointed Inspector General of Police. Details as below:

Date: 21 May 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 2.00 pmVenue: Bukit Aman, KL

Thevarajan R, SUARAM Coordinator
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