IGP’s intervention in Guan Eng’s questioning welcomed – Anwar Ibrahim
It is hoped that the gesture is a good start towards the police strengthening the trust of the people
Updated 12 hours ago · Published on 23 Dec 2020 11:18PM · 0 Comments
I applaud the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Hamid Bador for his intervention in rescheduling the questioning of Bagan MP and former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Lim was to be questioned by the police tomorrow (Dec 24) – Christmas eve – over two statements he issued as finance minister over a year ago.
The sudden timing of the police inquiry and summoning of Lim a day before Christmas raised concerns from all quarters, including MPs on both sides of the divide.
The Royal Malaysian Police risked being perceived as being politically biased and vindictive.
However the IGP’s decision to move Lim’s questioning by police to next year has helped to an extent in addressing these negative perceptions.
Tan Sri Hamid’s personal touch in apologising to Lim for his officer’s oversight is also reflective of a police leadership which is sensitive to the opinions and concerns of the public.
I emphasise that no one is asking for Lim to be accorded special treatment. All we are asking is for the rule of law to be applied fairly. Justice must also be seen.
There is really no conceivable reason to drag him away for hours of questioning on Christmas eve – a festival he observes.
Much needs to be done to restore the public’s trust in enforcement authorities.
I have faith in the Royal Malaysian Police and the IGP’s gesture as a good start towards mending bridges and for the police to strengthen the trust of the people. – The Vibes, December 23, 2020
Anwar Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician and opposition leader