IGP: Malaysia won’t become a police state

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SINTOK: The laws and regulations in the country that have long been in force, will not make it possible for Malaysia to become a police state as claimed by DAP secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said such a claim was baseless as the police were also subjected to the laws and regulations as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

“Our country can never become a police state because if we flout the laws, action will be taken against us.

“How can this country be a police state when we are also subjected to the laws and regulations under the Constitution?

“So are Members of Parliament.”

Khalid was speaking at a press conference after attending the “Dialogue with IGP: Undergraduates’ Role in Overcoming National Security Threats” at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), here, today.

He was responding to Lim’s commentary in an online news portal in which he questioned whether the country had turned into a police state, claiming that Khalid was seen as someone who could not be criticised.

Lim also claimed that Khalid had arrogantly warned Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching to keep mum after she insisted that the police immediately investigate the alleged threat against Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.

Khalid said he did not intend to stop Teo from being vocal, but posed a question to the Kulai MP as to why she had not questioned his (Khalid’s) decision of not arresting Maria Chin, who had also flouted the law.

“It’s obvious that she (Teo) is trying to politicise this issue. If it’s constructive criticism, I can take it. But if she condemns us, accuses us of being biased, I can’t accept that.”

In another development, Khalid said he would not deny that there were efforts made by certain quarters to recruit university students to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, but the Bukit Aman Special Task Force had always joined hands with higher education institutions to curb such attempts.

“They (IS) will influence anyone, such as university students and those with problems because such individuals always need a shoulder to lean on.

“If they (IS) give whatever these people want, they will eventually be influenced by the ideology.”

Earlier, in his speech, UUM Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said research conducted by the university’s lecturers at the School of International Studies (SoIS), through Institute for Youth Research (IYRES), revealed there was potential for students to accept the IS ideology, although the number was small.

“This is a pioneer study on IS and it involved 2,000 respondents from four zones in Peninsular Malaysia.

“It was found that 15.1 per cent of the respondents had respect for the IS ideology, 19.5 per cent were willing to contribute their energy, 9.3 per cent believed they would go to heaven as a reward by joining the IS struggle and 7.9 per cent were willing to donate to the IS cause.”

Therefore, Mohamed Mustafa said the IS ideology must be curbed through more concrete measures, such as giving detailed explanations on the militant movement, as many university students did not have a clear picture of the dangers of the IS threat. – FMT

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