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Press Statement by Teresa Kok in Shah Alam on Tuesday, 5th January 2010:

Polis DiRaja Malaysia's questioning of Ean Yong Hian Wah for allegedly intimidating the police is politically motivated and a waste of valuable and limited resources meant for crime-fighting

Selangor State Police Chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar should be given the rap for wasting Polis DiRaja Malaysia's (PDRM) limited and precious resources investigating Selangor State Senior EXCO Ean Yong Hian Wah, under Penal Code Session 506 Punishment for criminal intimidation, only for having urged the police to stop its investigation of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for sedition.

In his statement which was issued in Malay, Ean Yong had written that, “Saya menyeru pihak polis supaya menghentikan siasatan terhadap Guan Eng dengan serta-merta. Rakyat mahu kerajaan Barisan Nasional untuk mengembalikan maruah dan kebenaran kepada Teoh Beng Hock.”

It is laughable for PDRM to have interpreted this statement by Ean Yong as criminal intimidation because nowhere in Ean Yong’s statement did he threaten PDRM in any way.

PDRM’s reaction to Ean Yong’s statement is an over-reaction and completely uncalled for. It indicates arrogance in PDRM which seems to regard itself as being beyond reproach and is completely closed to any kind of call to action by politicians and the public.

By pursuing such absurd investigation of Ean Yong – as well as PDRM’s other ongoing investigation of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for alleged sedition – it appears that the PDRM is particularly targeting Pakatan Rakyat leaders instead of focusing on the actual criminals who are the real threats to Malaysians everywhere. What a waste of PDRM’s limited and valuable resources!

There have been numerous cases where police reports have been lodged by Pakatan Rakyat leaders as well as members of the public for which the PDRM have been unresponsive and slow to act.

On 1 October 2009, I lodged a police report on a death threat which I received in a comment on my blog. Until now, the police have failed to nab the culprit which I find unacceptable.

Another case is Selangor State EXCO’s Rodziah Ismail police report on 12 September 2009 regarding a man who had threatened to rape her. He had said to her, "Aku akan rogol kau, Rodziah!" and this was witnessed by many. Now this is genuine criminal intimidation, and yet the police have yet to take action against this man.

I urge Khalid Abu Bakar to stop this investigation of Ean Yong immediately. Stop allowing PDRM to be abused as a political lapdog by Barisan Nasional and return PDRM to its true mission which is to prevent crime and catch the criminals of this country and restore a sense of safety and security for all Malaysians.

* Teresa Kok Suh Sim, Selangor State Senior Exco & MP for Seputeh



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