Penang DAP accepts Penang CPO's challenge to conduct professional joint survey on the State police's performance


Media Statement
by Chow Kon Yeow

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The Penang DAP today accept Penang police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Othman Talib's challenge to the DAP to conduct a professional joint survey on the State police performance (Malay Mail, 31.7.2003).

We welcome Datuk Othman Talib's willingness to conduct a professional survey and to accept whatever outcome. Similarly, the Penang DAP would also accept and respect the outcome of the joint survey as although holding differing views, both sides aspire to see a safe environment and an effective police force in the State.

We will be responding officially to the State police chief and we propose the setting up of a Penang police- DAP joint committee to work out details on how to conduct the professional joint survey.

For the first working meeting, the Penang DAP would be sending an 8-person delegation representing the various parliamentary divisions. The DAP delegation would comprise Bagan MP Lim Hock Seng, Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng, Nibong Tebal division chairman Teoh Siang Hooi, Tanjong vice-chairman Gooi Seong Kin, Jelutong division chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang, Bukit Bendera division chairman The Yee Chiu, Bayan Baru division secretary Tan Han Wooi and myself.

However, the Penang DAP is still unhappy that Datuk Othman Talib has refused to retract his statement which described a recent opinion poll conducted by the Penang DAP, which showed 87 per cent of the 212 respondents
unhappy with the State police, as "utter rubbish".

Although 212 respondents took part in the 2-week opinion poll, the figures are fairly representative and randomly selected from the various age-group, gender, occupational background and geographical locations in the State.

Datuk Othman Talib has no right to dismiss the views of 212 Penangites, who are concerned about public safety and security, as "utter rubbish".

The CPO should know, in a democracy, even a single voice from the people must be taken seriously by the authorities.

Maybe Datuk Othman Talib is still inflicted by the colonial mentality that as a police chief, he is not servant by lord over the ordinary citizens.

The ball is at the CPO's court now, we look forward to him setting the dateand time for the first joint working meeting to discuss how to run the professional joint survey.


* Chow Kon Yeow, DAP Penang chairman and Member of Parliament for Tanjong