Lim Kit Siang and Ex IGP Hanif Omar: Sue and counter-sue…

21 December 2018

Kit Siang defamed me, says ex-IGP Hanif in counterclaim over 1969 ISA arrest

KUALA LUMPUR: Former inspector-general of police (IGP) Hanif Omar claims DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang defamed him by saying the former top cop created a “cock-and-bull story” over Lim’s arrest under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Hanif said Lim’s alleged statement came after a news report that quoted Hanif as saying that he had arrested Lim in May 1969 for trying to “split Malaysia along racial lines”.

Lim had earlier filed a suit against Hanif over his remark.

In the counterclaim filed yesterday, Hanif claimed that Lim uploaded a tweet and subsequently issued a press statement alleging that he was someone who was “making up stories” and a person who was old and useless.

In his counter claim, Hanif is seeking for unspecific damages from Lim over the loss of his reputation as well as an injunction to stop Lim from publishing further “defamatory” remarks on social media and in press statements.

“His tweet on Sept 7 was intended to put me in shame and tried to attract negative comments from other Twitter users towards me,” Hanif said.

Lim had, in October, filed a defamation suit against Hanif over the former policeman’s claim that Lim “wanted to split Malaysia along racial lines”, with the west coast for the Chinese and the east coast for the Malays.

Lim claimed that the words, which were uttered at a convention at Universiti Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam on Sept 6, had tarnished his reputation as an MP.

However, Hanif claimed, in his statement of defence, that his statement on Lim’s ISA arrest had been misreported by the media.

“The media had failed to report my statement accurately and caused the original meaning to be distorted,” he claimed.

Hanif added that Lim’s ISA arrest in 1969 was justified as the police intelligence unit showed the DAP was allegedly involved in activities that “may threaten the security of the federation”.

“Lim’s arrest was not solely based on ‘splitting the peninsular’ claim. There were other allegations against DAP as a radical political party in controlling the country’s leadership.

“I was doing my job as an enforcement officer in safeguarding the country’s interest and there was nothing personal against Lim,” he said.

Hanif added that Lim’s lawsuit was an “afterthought” as the Iskandar Puteri MP filed it 47 years after his ISA detention.

“Facts of the case can be tested by the court back then and not today. I do not have in my possession the related documents on the ISA arrests,” he said, adding Lim’s suit was an abuse of court process.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/21/kit-siang-defamed-me-says-ex-igp-hanif-in-counterclaim-over-1969-isa-arrest/

21 November 2018

Former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar’s legal representative informed the High Court today that his client will file a counter-claim on the suit filed against him by DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang.

His lawyer Shaharudin Ali disclosed this to reporters following the case management on the matter before senior assistant registrar Siti Norhidayah Mohd Noor in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Shaharudin also said the court then directed Hanif to file his statement of defence and counter-claim before Dec 9, while Lim is to reply by Dec 19.

He said his client had also asked for further particulars to Lim’s suit.

“The court has fixed Dec 20 for case management of the case,” Shaharudin added.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/452754

19 October 2018

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Lim Kit Siang has filed a civil suit against former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar over the latter’s remarks, which the DAP veteran had described as a “cock and bull” story.

According to lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, the suit was filed with the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday and served on Hanif’s solicitors today.

He said the matter has been fixed for case management on Nov 21.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/448041

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Pemimpin veteran DAP Lim Kit Siang telah memfailkan saman terhadap bekas Ketua Polis Negara Tun Hanif Omar berhubung dakwaan parti itu pernah mencadangkan pemisahan semenanjung kepada orang Melayu dan bukan Melayu, selepas rusuhan kaum 1969.

Perkara itu dinyatakan anggota parlimen Bukit Gelugor yang juga peguam Lim, Ramkarpal Singh.

“Lim telah memfailkan saman sivil terhadap Hanif di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur pada 17 Oktober lalu…Saman telah diserahkan kepada peguam Hanif hari ini.

“Ia berikutan kenyataan fitnah yang dibuat terhadap Lim seperti dilaporkan artikel Sinar Harian bertajuk ‘Tun Hanif buat pendedahan DAP, PAS’ pada 6 September lalu,” kata Ramkarpal dalam kenyataan, hari ini.

Ramkarpal memaklumkan pengurusan kes telah ditetapkan pada 21 November ini.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/448036

11 September 2018

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If he doesn’t apologize, he can show his proof when he faces Lim Kit Siang in court…

On Sunday, Lim instructed his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh to initiate a defamation lawsuit against Hanif after the ex-top policeman reportedly told a forum that DAP had advocated for Malays to get the east coast of peninsular Malaysia and for the west coast to go to the Chinese after the controversial 1969 general election.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1671406/why-split-peninsula-claim-kept-as-secret-for-half-a-century-kit-siang-asks

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PETALING JAYA, Sept 11 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today questioned former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar why the alleged proposal to divide peninsula Malaysia into two after the 1969  riots was kept a secret for half a century.

“If I or the DAP had proposed the partition of Peninsular Malaysia into two, the West to the Chinese and the East to the Malays, it would not have been kept a secret for half a century.

“It would have been used in the last five decades against me and DAP to show how divisive, destructive, racist and unpatriotic we were in wanting to divide Peninsular Malaysia into two parts according to race,” Lim said in a statement.

Yesterday the former top cop told Malay daily Sinar Harian in an exclusive interview that the proposal had originated from intelligence gathered by the Special Branch (SB) after a DAP leader claimed to have made the proposal in Europe shortly after the race riots during his capacity as police chief-of-staff in the National Operations Council (Mageran).

“Can Haniff explain firstly, why this so-called DAP proposal was unknown to DAP leaders as I had never heard of it.

“He should realise his cock-and-bull story would be fodder for the political extremists and opportunists in post 14th General Election to incite interracial and inter-religious animosity, hatred and strife in Malaysia,” Lim said.

Lim further disputed if the ‘secret’ was only privy to Hanif and the SB.

The Iskandar Puteri MP also suggested that Hanif act as a responsible former IGP and not be irresponsible by failing to take cognizance of the “scorched earth” policy of Umno and PAS by allowing the exploitation of toxic and dangerous politics.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1671406/why-split-peninsula-claim-kept-as-secret-for-half-a-century-kit-siang-asks

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Former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar claimed that the alleged proposal by DAP to split peninsula between the Malay and non-Malays was detailed in a special branch intelligence report sent to him.

In a Sinar Harian interview, Hanif said a DAP leader had made the proposal in Europe following the May 13, 1969 riots, and he had received the reports in his capacity as police chief of staff in the National Operations Council (Mageran).

“The information came to me through the police special branch. At the time, Mohamed Salleh Ismail was the IGP.

“He gave a briefing to Mageran every week, but if there was something important, before the briefing they (special branch, would send the report to me.

“I also reported it to (then prime minister) Abdul Razak Hussein,” he was quoted as saying by the Malay daily.

Hanif did not name the DAP leader, but previously he was reported as saying he had locked up party veteran Lim Kit Siang for two years after the proposal to divide the peninsula was allegedly made.

Lim has denied making such a call, and his lawyer is expected to file a defamation suit tomorrow after Hanif failed to apologise on the matter.

Hanif, however, clarified what he meant in his speech was he ordered Lim arrested during the 1987 Ops Lalang, not following the May 13 riots.

“In my speech, I was talking about communist, and then racism, and when it started. Malays and Chinese never fought before that.

“In 1987 there was Ops Lalang, Lim was among those I ordered to be detained when I was IGP. That is what I meant, not that I ordered him detained in 1969,” he said.

He said his speech at a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) event last week was not aimed at smearing DAP, but that he was just sharing his experiences during his time in Mageran.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/442588

10 September 2018

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PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang will take legal action against former top cop Hanif Omar for failing to respond to the DAP supremo’s request to explain an allegation that Lim wanted to split Malaysia along racial lines.

Lim had given Hanif until 12.30pm today to respond to his ultimatum or deny making such a statement.

Lim’s lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh said in a statement that he had received instructions from the Iskander Puteri MP to commence legal proceedings against the former inspector-general of police (IGP).

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/09/09/times-up-prepare-for-legal-action-kit-siang-tells-hanif/

Hanif Omar was one of the Big Shots who demonstrated against Lim Guan Eng.

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7 September 2018

Hanif Omar is not doing his reputation as country’s longest-serving top cop any service by retailing cock-and-bull stories about his past police career

Former Inspector-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, is not doing his reputation as the country’s longest-serving top cop any service by retailing cock-and-bull stories about his past police career.

This is the first time I had heard that to maintain the country’s harmony, he had to be tough as the top cop and put me behind bars in 1969.

Sinar Harian reported Hanif as saying that the Alliance had formed its successor coalition, BN, following the 1969 riots.

He said:

“At that time, the Alliance formed BN because the country was on the brink of destruction. DAP suggested that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.

“What was my answer? I put Lim Kit Siang in prison.

“He was in (detention) for two years. That was Hanif’s way when I was the inspector-general of police.”

I am shocked beyond words, making me wonder whether Hanif has gone senile or he has suddenly adopted a secret agenda to demonise me and the DAP.

What Hanif said were replete with errors.

This is the first time I have heard that he was responsible for my first detention under the Internal Security Act 1960.

In the first place, he was not the Inspector-General of Police when I was detained for the first time under the Internal Security Act on 18th May 1969.

Hanif served as Inspector-General of Police from 1974 to 1994, after I had been released from ISA detention on Oct. 1, 1970.

Hanif claimed that he was responsible for my first ISA detention in 1969. Was he responsible for my first ISA release on Oct. 1, 1970. It will be interesting to hear Hanif’s other cock-and-bull stories.

Secondly, the National Front was not immediately formed after the May 10, 1969 General Election.

It was formed in 1973 before Hanif became Inspector-General of Police. He became IGP only on 8th June 1974 after the assassination of his predecessor IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur.

There must have been discussions for the formation of National Front before 1973, but clearly the idea of a National Front had not even been conceived when I was arrested under the ISA on May 18, 1969.

But Hanif’s greatest cock-and-bull story is his claim that I had suggested that that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese, provoking his “tough” response as IGP to put me in prison – when he was not the IGP at the time.

This is also the first time I have heard of any proposal that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.

If I had made such a suggestion, it would not have been kept a secret for half a century, for it would have been used down the decades in everyone of the the eleven general elections from 1974 to 2018 to show how divisive, destructive, racist and unpatriotic I had been in wanting to divide up Peninsular Malaysia into two parts according to race.

In fact, in my more than half a century of public life, I had never come across any such suggestion from anyone.

Where did Hanif source such a cock-and-bull story.

I had been the most demonized political leader in the past half a century. I was accused of being a communist; responsible for the May 13, 1969 riots, leading the street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur shouting anti-Malay and anti-Islam slogans although I was never in Kuala Lumpur after the May 10, 1969 General Election; painted as quite a devil, a puaka, even jembalang; that I am anti-Malay, anti-Islam; a stooge of foreign powers; that I dominate Pakatan Harapan and made other leaders like Tun Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Mohamad Sabu into my stooges and puppets and that I wanted to be Prime Minister if Pakatan Harapan could win the 14th General Election.

But all these lies, falsehoods and demonisation pale into insignificance compared with Hanif’s cock-and-bull story that I had advocated after the May 1969 general election for Peninsular Malaysia to be split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.

I am sure that the Special Branch, one of the most competent in the world, would have a full record chronicling my whereabouts in the eight day from May 10 (Polling Day of the 1969 General Election) to 18th May 1969, when I was detained at the Subang International Airport, when I flew in from Singapore against advice from party leaders and my family not to return home as I was on the blacklist for arrest under the Internal Security Act.

During this eight-day period, I was never in Kuala Lumpur, as I was in Malacca, Petaling Jaya, Sabah and Singapore.

I challenge Hanif to quote chapter and verse, date and place, where I had made such a ridiculous proposal. If the information is classified as official secret, then it shoud be declassified.

In any event, would such information be classified as official secrets if I had in fact made such a proposal which caused him to give me the Hanif treatment by putting me in prison.

I give Hanif two days to respond to this challenge or Malaysians must conclude that he is senile or had a special agenda to demonise me and DAP with such a lie.

I reserve my right to institute legal action to vindicate my character and reputation which I would disclose after two days.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 7th September 2018)
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https://blog.limkitsiang.com/2018/09/07/hanif-omar-is-not-doing-his-reputation-as-countrys-longest-serving-top-cop-any-service-by-retailing-cock-and-bull-stories-about-his-past-police-career/

16h16 hours ago

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Let’s wait for an answer. Not sure if his memory is selective. But we know that uncle Lim was a convenient scapegoat

 

Ex-IGP says he threw Kit Siang into prison to keep racial harmony

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Former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar (above) said he had been tough in maintaining the country’s harmony as the top cop and towards this had put DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang behind bars, according to a Sinar Harian report.Explaining, Hanif noted that the Alliance had formed its successor coalition, BN, following the 1969 riots.”At that time, the Alliance formed BN because the country was on the brink of destruction. DAP suggested that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.”What was my answer? I put Lim Kit Siang in prison.”He was in (detention) for two years. That was Hanif’s way when I was the inspector-general of police,” he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian during an event at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam today.Hanif served as the inspector-general of police from 1974 to 1994.Lim was later detained under the now defunct Internal Security Act for the second time during the Operasi Lalang in 1987.It is unclear if DAP or Lim himself had made the statement as alleged by Hanif but the previous government had a penchant for blaming Lim for racial strife in the country.This includes claims that Lim was responsible for the 1969 riots even though he was not in Peninsular Malaysia at the time of the incident.

Despite this, Lim was detained under the Internal Security Act for 18 months following the 1969 riots.

‘Mati katak

Hanif was also quoted by Sinar Harian as stating that neither DAP nor PAS had been helpful in the fight against the communists.

“During the fight against the communists, DAP had never helped. They never uttered anything against the Communist Party of Malaya.

“PAS was also the same. They did not help. Religious sermons would say the police and military men who died were martyrs but PAS claimed they died in vain (mati katak),” he said.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/442038

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