14 April 2016
‘Cops waste time and money questioning MPs over march’
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun condemned the police for wasting resources which could have been used for crime prevention, to conduct questioning of opposition elected representatives for marching from Parliament House to Bukit Aman police headquarters.
Fong said it’s a waste of police time and taxpayers’ money for probing opposition MPs who were protesting the recent arrest of their colleague from Pandan Rafizi Ramli.
“We are only protecting parliamentary dignity and demanding the respect that is due to an MP.
“We only went there (Bukit Aman) to pass a memorandum to the police,” he said at a press conference after he and two others were questioned by police over the April 7 march.
Fong, along with Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Rasah parliamentarian Teo Kok Seong, presented themselves at the Sentul Police Station for questioning at 11am today, accompanied by other opposition elected representatives who came in support. These included Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Seputeh elected representative Teresa Kok, and Kulai parliamentarian Teo Nie Ching.
The trio were questioned for about an hour and held a press conference after they emerged from the police station
Kok Seong said that it is not necessary for police to call them in just because of small matters. arguing that police asking him to come down to the station all the way from Seremban is a hindrance to his job as an MP.
“Police should listen and accept what is listed in the memorandum, and not to summon us for questioning,” he said, adding that having to make the journey today to Kuala Lumpur from his constituency has taken away time from serving his constituents.
Focus on crime prevention
Meanwhile, Nie Ching advised police to preserve law and order instead, which is their primary job scope.
“Malaysia has four cities listed as the most dangerous in the region, namely Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Johor Baru, and Klang. So, shouldn’t police put more effort into crime prevention?” she asked, adding that questioning MPs does not amount to fighting crime.
Cops to record statement on MPs’ march to Bukit Aman
Police will call the organisers and individuals, including several opposition members of Parliament to record their statements regarding the submission of a memorandum to Bukit Aman yesterday.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh said the matter clearly did not comply with the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012.
“Police will investigate the matter …they have violated the PAA 2012 for not submitting a notice 10 days before the rally and to also hold a protest march,” he told reporters after a blood donation campaign and ceremony to celebrate the promotion of junior officers and the launch of the Public Sector Conducive Ecosystem, in Kuala Lumpur today.
Nearly 70 members of the parliamentary opposition marched from the Parliament to Bukit Aman before arriving at the Bukit Aman entrance at 9am to submit a memorandum to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
7 April 2016
MPs’ protest march in solidarity with