Police Raid on Malaysiakini high-handed and
by Ashvin Raj
DAPSY strongly and unequivocally condemns the high-handed police raid on
Malaysiakini's office which led to the police's removal of computers used by
DAPSY strongly believes that there is no reasonable justification for the
police to defend such a blatant heavy-handed action.
Is the police acting on the orders of Umno Youth who lodged a police report
against malaysiakini over a letter which was published in the website on Jan
9? If so, what about the countless police reports made by the Opposition in
the same spirit of being Malaysian citizens but were slow to act on by the
police and even ignored?
The said police report which was lodged by UMNO Youth's information chief
Azimi Daim at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, claimed that the
email letter titled "Similarities between 'new Americans' and bumiputera,"
contained seditious remarks that could create chaos in the country.
If this is true, what about in the past, when the Prime Minister has likened
Suqiu to extremists and communists? Isn't this seditious? Did UMNO Youth
object to the blackening of Suqiu's name? Didn't some UMNO Youth elements
threaten to burn down the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall? Did the police
investigate UMNO Youth then? Did the police remove UMNO Youth's office
The editors of Malaysiakini have done the right thing in refusing to provide
the identity of the writer to the police, based on journalistic privileges.
The police instead should have applied to the Courts to instruct
Malaysiakini to comply with a police demand, instead of bypassing the
Courts. Malaysiakini can then defend their action in an open court of law.
The police have no legal and ethical right to violate Malaysiakini's privacy
by going on a fishing expedition?
DAPSY wholeheartedly supports the stand of its chief editor Steven Gan,
without whom, there might not even be an alternative media to turn to in
The police must understand that their action against Malaysiakini has served
the interest of a selfish elite and has dealt a severe blow to press freedom
for the rakyat at large, by their high-handed and abusive raid on
* Ashvin Raj,
DAPSY Assistant National Publicity Secretary