A retired senior police cop today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a severe Muslim backlash if he failed to punish the “Datuk T” trio for “ridiculing” Islam when they attended a recent sumpah laknat ceremony in a mosque wearing bulletproof vests.
Former KL CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Najib could fault no one if he loses the confidence of the country’s Muslims by displaying his willingness to protect his “friends” at the expense of insulting Islam.
“YAB (Yang Amat Berhormat) cannot blame anyone if the Muslims in the country, who are not few in number, have lost their confidence in YAB.
“Moreover, when there is an increase in the number of civil service, army and police retirees, many of whom are Muslims, who are beginning to feel cheated and enslaved and more doubtful of YAB’s direction and ability to lead the government…. this is not a very good development for YAB,” he wrote in his letter to the prime minister today.
Mat Zain said that it would be a clear case of power abuse if Najib (picture)
chooses to protect an offender for his misdeeds simply because he considers the latter an ally.
“In Najib should refuse or deliberately find for excuses not to take lawful action against the three, then it will not only be deemed that he has abetted in the crime and conspired with the offenders, but he also appears to be fanning the fires of hatred,” he said.
Najib, he said, would also be allowing himself to be deemed a leader who has betrayed and ridiculed Islam.
“It is even more distressing that YAB has allowed a person, whom his own Cabinet regards as an individual who has not only insulted Islam but also abused power, is corrupt, a cheat and a rapist, to bring pornography and prostitution to the house of God,” he said.
Mat Zain was repeating his accusation last week that “Datuk T” — Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Shuib Lazim, the trio behind the recent sex video caper — had violated section 295 of the Penal Code when they attended Shazryl’s sumpah laknat ceremony at the Masjid Amru Al-As in Sentul wearing bulletproof vests.
At the time, Shazryl was swearing on the Quran that the man in the 21-minute sex video was Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Mat Zain complained that their actions had created the perception that the situation in the mosque was unsafe.
Section 295 states that “whoever defiles any place of worship, with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such defilement as an insult to their religion” will be jailed for up to two years and/or fined.
Mat Zain said that if the trio were to be charged under syariah law or the Penal Code for their actions, the case would not affect police investigation on the video itself.
“The two cases are separate,” he said.
He said that even if the identity of the man featured in the video was to be revealed, it would not free the trio from blame for insulting the mosque and ridiculing Islam.
“These two matters are separate criminal offences.
“Other than that, YAB and the Attorney-General have no power or right, according to any law, to indemnify the trio and free them from any criminal liability,” he said.
Mat Zain also insisted today that Utusan Malaysia’s reported claims of a purported Christian uprising against the Muslims was “artificial” in nature.
He pointed out that it was unprecedented in the country’s history that the Christians, who represent the minority group, had risen to usurp Islam from its position as the religion of the federation.
“In my opinion, only irrational Muslims who fear their own shadows will believe and view seriously this likelihood,” he said.
Mat Zain also reminded Najib of the killing of Othman Talib at Felda Lubok Merbau, Padang Terap, Kedah, in 1985, which he said was the result of an “intense political turmoil” during the Padang Terap election campaign.
He explained that he knew the full details of the incident as he had been installed as the Padang Terap district police chief just three days before it occurred.
“As a Muslim, I was saddened to see a group of Muslims weeping and mourning the death of a fellow Muslim, while at the same time, not far off, there was another group of Muslims who cheered as if celebrating a war victory.
“Even more distressing is that there were other rogues proclaiming themselves as Muslims who took the opportunity to ignite the fires of hostility among those of the same race and religion,” he said.
Mat Zain added that he hoped the event would bring Malaysians to realise that it is not the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity who were trying to destroy Muslims but the Muslims themselves.
“We should be ashamed of ourselves and not find a way out by issuing threats and attempting to intimidate those who are innocent,” he said.
City police are fast acquiring an unchallengeable expertise in valuing gold. The police have become very much capable in this trade, more than any expert in the market.
The method which the police have adopted to value gold seems to be uniquely designed for the department’s convenience. The gold would be rated low in case a person is robbed and its value would be high if the police have recovered it from a thief!
The policemen value the gold, whether pure or impure, by finding out the year in which it was bought and then making a comparative study. “The police delve into the history of the concerned family to calculate value of gold today,” said a social worker. He also added, “Police also have been showing sound understanding of socioeconomic changes in the country. They have nearly triggered a need for research on India’s matrimonial patterns by assuming
that most Indians married prior to 80s to avoid high gold prices.”
It so happened that burglars recently struck at a trader’s place in Manav Nagar and made away with 20 tola of gold. Mahesh Tiwari, the trader, was left aghast by the amount of loss that the police cited in the official record. “I had repeatedly told the police that gold costing more than Rs 5 lakh was stolen from my house. But the cops kept on ignoring my pleas. They said that the value of 20 tola gold stolen from my place was only Rs 1.50 lakh,” said an
According to an expert, the value of gold at present is around Rs 22,000 per 10 grams. He opined that the yellow metal would not be priced less wherever it is valued. “A bullion trader would purchase gold at the present rate in the market irrespective of whether it had been valued by police or thief,” said the expert.
The Akbanis from Mahesh Nagar had lost more than eight-and-half tola gold after their house was recently burgled. The cops calculated their loss to be less than Rs 1 lakh. The Akbanis were left speechless by the cops’ valuation.
Last week the crime branch police nabbed the thief, who had burgled the Akbanis’ place, and recovered the valuables. But dramatically the value of recovered gold changed.
“We have recovered gold worth more than Rs 1.20 lakhs that was stolen from Akbani’s place,” said a crime branch official. The very gold that had been valued at a lesser rate suddenly gained value after it was recovered by the police. “The calculator that the police use, seem to be a very faithful and unique gadget,” said a social worker.
Police seem to have devised various ways to defeat a burglary victim in arguments regarding the rate of gold. Tiwari recalled some questions that the cops asked him regarding the value of loss at his place. “I was asked to furnish the list of the gold ornaments stolen and produce bills for each item,” he said. “They wanted me to find out from my family whether the details of the gold purchases were available. The cops asked me to contact my relatives for bills of the purchases they made while gifting me or my wife a gold ornament,” said Tiwari.
Another person, whose house was recently burgled, said that the police inquiry into the theft sounded as if they were working for the income tax department too. “Cops were so fascinated with gold bills that it seemed as if they wanted to audit my family’s wealth and not record the theft,” he said
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim dropped a bombshell during an online chat session on Yahoo news, saying he might reveal the identity of the man in a sex video that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s party insists is him.
“I have some suspects; big stomach and saggy breasts,” Anwar told Yahoo readers who logged in to chat with him in a 75-minute session.
When faced with questions popped by some who were clearly out to embarrass him, the cool and quick-thinking Anwar refused to budge.
He insisted that there was no reason for him to defend himself when he had done no wrong.
For weeks, after it became clear that the professionally-shot tape showing a man with skin colour much fairer than Anwar, much heavier and burlier than the frail 64-year old Anwar, Umno leaders including the police have tried their best to bait him.
Their purpose appear to be a bid to prolong the impression that it was Anwar committing adultery with a prostitute.
The latest attack came a day ago, when controversial and newly-promoted deputy Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar suddenly ‘pleaded’ to the public not to “force” the police to reveal the identity of the man in the tape.
On the same day, at a different venue, Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan also held a press conference challenging Anwar to hire his own experts if he doubted the authenticity of the tape.
Today, it came as no suprise when an online reader Nik Abdul asked, “Datuk Seri: How is your opinion when expert from South Korea and US confirm that individual from sex tape seems like your face? Do you think that is conspiracy too?”
Anwar replied, “Typical example how smart guys like you can be duped by Umno media. Which expert? Why can’t they be transparent?”
Authentic, so what? Is the man Anwar?
As Anwar and many other Pakatan Rakyat leaders have repeatedly pointed out, the tape may be authentic but is the man Anwar?
That has not stopped Umno from pursuing its own train of logical thought and they have insisted that by virtue of the tape being authentic, then that man must be Anwar.
This is the implication that police No. 2 Khalid, accused of lying and covering up the custodial death of car theft suspect Kugan Ananthan in 2009, had given recently.
His boss, IGP Ismail Omar – who was admitted to the hospital recently for ‘exhaustion’ – had also tried to curry political favour with Umno.
Ismail had created a brouhaha over an Omega watch surrended by the Datuk T trio, who had ‘discovered’ the video and allegedly found it in the hotel room where the sexcapade had been filmed.
Another Yahoo reader, Dr MiM, asked, “DSAI, what is the rationale of avoiding a simple ‘show your Omega watch’ to the press and public? Logically, this simple move will ease your moral issues.”
But again, Anwar stuck to his ground. Not only has he denied any involvement, he has already lodged a police report demanding a thorough probe.
“What is the issue? First, Eskay claimed that it was given by a Saudi prince. Then, it was bought in Taiwan in 2004 (when I was in jail). Why is there the need for me to explain?” responded Anwar.
He was referring to businessman Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, who together with other Umno members – former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik and Perkasa treasurer Shuaib Lazim – called themselves the Datuk T trio.
Until now, the three men have not revealed exactly where they came across the video which they have since surrenderred to the police. They had tried to annonymously screen the tape to a group of journalists, demanding that Anwar and his wife PKR president resign within a week or face further exposure.
However, their cover was blown by PKR investigators and they were forced to confess that they were behind the tape’s screening. But depite this being a crime punishable by up to 5 years in jail, the police have delayed arresting or charging them.
Instead, Ismail and Khalid appear to have been roped in by Umno to prolong the conspiracy and bait Anwar using all ways and means.
One-time federal minister Mokhtar Hashim, who was convicted for murder, said that the most troubling thing for death row prisoners is not knowing when you are going to be executed. And he said this in front of the then IGP, Tun Haniff Omar.
Once the trial is over and you are convicted and sentenced to death, a feeling of peace engulfs you, Mokhtar Hashim said. But then you have to wait years in death row for your turn to come. And when you hear that the next day someone is going to be executed, every prisoner in death row goes into depression because they do not know which one of them is going to be executed the following day.
Mokhtar Hashim added that most prisoners would rather the hanging is done as fast as possible so that they can get it over and done with. I suppose if this had been done then Mokhtar Hashim would have never received his pardon and would not have walked out of the Pudu Prison a free man.
This is probably how many of us feel as well with regards to the ‘Anwar’ porn video issue. It is most perturbing to see the Malaysian Police or PDRM playing politics. Why does the Deputy IGP not want to tell us whether the man in the video is Anwar or not?
Is it probably because the man in the video is NOT Anwar and that is why the Deputy IGP refuses to confirm this? If it is Anwar tell us. Then we can prepare ourselves for the next stage of developments. If it is not Anwar then it is only fair that we are told.
This is not about Anwar. This is about us. We need to know so that we then know what we should do next. I am really not concerned about Anwar’s future. I am concerned about the country’s future. The entire future of the country cannot rest on just one man. And currently with this issue still hanging we just cannot more forward.
My suspicion is that the Deputy IGP refuses to confirm who the man in the video is because it is not Anwar. So he is prolonging our agony just like what Mokhtar Hashim said about those who are waiting many years in death row for their turn to die.
While on the subject of the police playing politics, let me give you another example. The Selangor state government is facing a lot of problems with premises being used for gambling, prostitution, and other vices. The problem is, the local councils can do very little if the police do not act. And in this case the police are not acting so it appears like the Selangor government is in cahoots with the underworld and crime syndicates.
The local councils have no power to arrest anyone. Only the police can do that. And if the police do not then the local councils’ hands are tied.
No doubt the local councils can try to close down those establishments. But the process is cumbersome and those establishments that are closed down just open up in a new place the very next day.
The only way to stop these vice activities is to arrest the people behind them and send them to jail. But only the police can do this. The local councils can just harass the building owners. The building owners, however, are not the ones running the prostitution or gambling dens. So no action can be taken against them.
We need the police to stop playing politics and to start doing something. I suspect the police are purposely doing nothing so that the Selangor state government gets a bad name. And the same goes for the so-called ‘Anwar’ porn video. I am sure that if it is Anwar in that video they could not wait to announce it. It is because it is not Anwar that they are refusing to tell us who the man in that video is.