N SURENDRAN WILL GO ON AN ARMED CRIMINALS OPS
The Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, invited PKR parliamentarian N Surendran to experience first hand a shootout with criminals.
Calling it a “skin feeling”, the police chief made the offer in a Twitter posting.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has ruled out the possibility of journalists being present during the confrontation with suspected armed criminals to which PKR vice-president N Surendran has been invited to observe.
Responding to a question on this, the police chief replied: “Not for now.”
He stressed that the invitation to Surendran was not to seek publicity but to expose the true facts and reality of such encounters between the police and armed criminals.
Khalid was commenting on a Twitter posting by Lawyers for Liberty asking if journalists could be present during the ‘PDRM/Surendran vs Suspected Criminals great shootout?’
Failing which, LFL asked, “What is the point?”
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 16:18
DEATH IS IRREVERSIBLE: Should Surendran be a SITTING DUCK for ‘shoot-first’ govt?
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
WATCH YOUR BACK, SURENDRAN!
“Surendran is not allowed to bring his own additional protection apart from that provided by the police and he has to travel with the police in the special logistics prepared.
Your safety your responsibility, cops tell Surendran over shootout invite
Opposition lawmakers have accused the police of acting in bad faith after Padang Serai MP N. Surendran was told to come as a participant in a police shootout operation, and not make any claims against the government if anything untoward were to happen.
These two clauses were included in the indemnity forms given by police to Surendran today at the Bukit Aman police headquarters, where Surendran was given the body armour for protection.
Accompanying Surendran was his legal advisor R. Sivarasa who said that the indemnity requirements were ridiculous because the invitation was at the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
PKR vice-president N Surendran was fitted with police body armour today in preparation to join them in their operations. However, he has yet to sign an indemnity required by the police.
Free Malaysia Today
Why I accepted the IGP’s ‘shoot-out’ invite
The police chief’s challenge to me to observe operations was a knee-jerk response to legitimate criticism, but I have accepted it in good faith.
By N Surendran
I would like to thank everyone from all over the country who have expressed their views on the IGP’s ‘shootout’ invitation to me.
Many have expressed strong reservations on my participation in such a police operation and their concerns for my safety.
The IGP’s invite to me on Friday night was a result of my condemnation of the Home Minister’s outrageous call for a “shoot-first” policy, and the defence by the police top brass of that statement.
Needless to say this is an illogical response.
We have never said that police personnel do not face danger in carrying out their tasks; but we make no apologies for criticising unlawful and criminal conduct by any police personnel in their contact with suspects.
In response to my criticisms, the IGP challenged me to observe operations. It was a knee-jerk response to legitimate criticism, but I have accepted it in good faith.
However, the IGP’s invite does not answer my criticism of the Home Minister’s “shoot-first” policy and the increasing cases of fatal police shootings.
The public still awaits reasonable answers and explanations from the IGP and the government.
For the full article, click on http://shar.es/EZtoD
Lawyer Sankara Nairsaid, “This is not a movie. This is real. It is irresponsible for the IGP to have challenged Surendran to get into this.”
Free Malaysia Today
‘Bringing Surendran on ops is unlawful’
Bringing civilians on police shootouts is a clear breach of law, says lawyer and ex-cop.
PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s offer to Padang Serai MP N Surendran to tag along with the police in their operation against armed criminals is a breach of the Police Act 1967.
Lawyer Sankara Nair said today that the IGP had resorted to political brinkmanship and has “no right of power” to invite a civilian into an actual police operation.
“Only people appointed properly by law according to the Act can exercise powers of police and be involved in any police action.
“Civilians cannot be involved in any way in any police operation,” he said.
“Here the IGP is basically allowing some breach of law when they don’t have such powers to do so. They don’t have the power to commit breach of law.
Sankara then criticised Surendran for accepting the challenge, as the latter was a lawyer himself and should have known that the offer was a breach of the law.
“We must be fair. He (Surendran) is a lawyer and ought to know the law. He should have asked the IGP to produce law, not play political brinkmanship as well,” he said.
However, Surendran said the offer has very little to do with issues he had raised in the past, especially regarding the police’s operating procedures when it comes to confronting armed criminals.
PKR vice-president N Surendran will go ahead to have a “skin feeling” at the police’s next operation against armed criminals despite calls for him not to accept the invitation from inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar.
“I have been bombarded on my Twitter in the last couple of days with people asking me not to go (accept the invitation),” said the lawyer, who has been critical of the police’s alleged high-handedness when dealing with criminals in dangerous situations.
However, he told Malaysiakini that as an elected representative, he should not decline the offer, which he described as an opportunity to “experience” how police officers do their jobs and the hazards they face.
The bizarre offer was made to him by the IGP during a Twitter exchange late Friday night, after Surendran criticised the police’s conduct in shooting dead 10 suspected criminals over three days.
“I have accepted the offer, so I will go,” said the Padang Serai MP, who will be going to the Bukit Aman police headquarters at 2pm tomorrow to collect his bullet proof vest and to work out the technicalities involved in the offer.
“I am not sure what I will have to sign. We will go there tomorrow and see what they say, and we will take it from there,” he said.
Ten criminals were shot dead by police within the span of three days, not long after Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s controversial “shoot first” comment, said an opposition MP.
PKR’s Padang Serai parliamentarian N Surendran, describing these shootings as “murder”, linked the incidents to the minister’s comments.
On Oct 9, three people were shot dead in Sentul, while three were killed in Ipoh on Oct 10 and four in Ampang on Oct 11, he said.
“Zahid has officially endorsed murder by the police force; and the inspector-general of police and top brass have been disgracefully defending Zahid’s criminal statement,” he said in a statement.
“Public safety is in grave danger. We call for an immediate end to the ‘shoot-first’ policy, and for Zahid and the IGP to be probed for conspiracy and abetment of murder.
“Why is it that not one of the 10 could be arrested alive or by a disabling shot?”
Nurul Izzah called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to stop being preoccupied with the Umno general election to the point that he forgets to maintain sanity and common sense within his own Cabinet. She said the government should be Malaysia-oriented, not Umno-action oriented.
Nurul Izzah slams IGP for inviting MP to experience shootout with criminals
BY LEE SHI-IAN
October 13, 2013
The Inspector-General of Police should retract the shocking offer he made to N. Surendran and instead meet the opposition halfway in addressing the weaknesses within the police force, said PKR.
Its vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s offer to Padang Serai MP N. Surendran to accompany police and experience a risky first-hand shootout with criminals was a challenge devoid of any principles. She also expressed indignation at the indemnity clause inserted by Khalid.
“Surendran, like every single Malaysian, has every right to request for the highest level of professionalism from the police and to be protected without bias, without the fear of threats and requests for an indemnity,” Nurul Izzah said in a statement.
“No member of Parliament should entertain this police display of bias, uncouth and threatening behaviour, lest we all fall into a downward spiral of irresponsible conduct. I, myself, will not condone any of my colleagues pursuing such risky endeavours,” the Lembah Pantai MP said.
Saturday, 12 October 2013 17:20
IS IGP TRYING TO SET UP SURENDRAN’S MURDER? Why ask for indemnity – Azmin
Written by Azmin Ali
Surendran accepts offer, ready to tag along with police in the line of fire
BY LEE SHI-IAN
October 12, 2013
Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president N. Surendran is ready to don body armour and accompany the police to experience first-hand a shootout with criminals.
He was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying that while he was not sure about the offer by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, he was prepared to accept the invitation.
“If Khalid is serious, then I am prepared to accept the offer. I am willing to put myself in the line of fire with the policemen who are subject to similar risks,” Surendran told the portal.
However, the offer is contingent on Surendran signing an indemnity agreement in case of any “mishap”.
Amidst mounting criticism, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has invited PKR parliamentarian N Surendran to experience first hand a shootout with criminals.
Calling it a “skin feeling”, the police chief made the offer in a Twitter posting last night.
Khalid also said the Padang Serai MP would be provided with adequate protection in the form of body armour should he decide to accept the invitation.
When contacted, the PKR vice-president told Malaysiakini that he was not certain if the IGP was serious.
However, Surendran said he had no qualms accepting the invitation.
“If he is serious, then I am prepared to accept it. I am willing to put myself in the line of fire with the policemen who subject themselves to similar risks.
“I am willing to do this in the interest of creating a better criminal justice system,” he added.
Surendran, a lawyer turned politician, has been a vocal critic of the police with regard to the excessive use of force.