January 27, 2009 21:09 PM
Trouble-makers At Kugan’s Procession Or Funeral Face Stern Action
AMPANG JAYA, Jan 27 (Bernama) — Do not provoke or cause trouble.
That was the warning issued by Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to those who wished to take part in the funeral procession of A. Kugan, who died while in custody at the Taipan, USJ 8 Subang Jaya police station on Jan 22.
He said those taking part in the procession from Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to Bt 14, Puchong, should not provoke racial sentiments that may spark untoward incidents.
Ismail cautioned that stern action would be taken against “trouble-makers” at tomorrow’s procession, scheduled to start at 2pm.
“I really hope the procession will be a peaceful one and one that is in accordance with Kugan’s faith, and done with proper rituals and rites. Police respect the deceased family’s needs and thus we have allowed the procession from UMMC to the Hindu Crematorium in Bt 14 Puchong.
“However if people try to divert the procession or start a demonstration, we will initiate action. I urge them remain calm and not be emotional and please stop spreading unwanted messages which does not benefit anyone,” he said.
He told reporters this at the Ampang Jaya Police Headquarters, after chairing a coordination meeting on the investigation of Kugan’s death, in the presence of Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.
He also warned those who may take advantage of the procession for their own mileage.
Kugan who was detained on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in luxury car theft cases, collapsed and died at the station on Jan 22, while being questioned by police.
Police initially classified the case as sudden death but the 23-year-old’s family later released photographs of the deceased with bruises and severe marks on his body, deep cuts on his wrists and bruises on his legs, apparently taken at the Serdang Hospital mortuary, while awaiting a post-mortem.
This then prompted the family to request for a second post-mortem at the UMMC.
Subsequently Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Gani Patail, ordered the case to be reclassified as murder after the photographs were made public.
Asked on Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah’s (Pewaris) decision to gather at the UMMC tomorrow to protest the procession, Ismail said: “I would like to make it clear again, don’t take things for granted.”
“We have said it many times, do not create any chaotic situation or else be prepared to face the law if you want to break the law,” he added.
Asked if any police personal would be charged with Kugan’s death, he said the police would await the A-G’s directive before initiating any action.
Meanwhile, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, senator T. Murugiah today urged everyone to restrain from any form of demonstration, including displaying banners condemning the police.
“Since the government has fulfilled the family’s request for a second post-mortem and also pledged an in-depth investigation into the matter, there should be no demonstrations,” he told Bernama.
He added that everyone must respect the law of the country and let the investigation take its course.
“Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Attorney General had given assurance that there will be no cover up and that a thorough investigation will be carried out. So we should respect the government’s initiative,” said Murugiah.
(Bold emphasis is mine)
TMI have the same report but entitled “Deputy IGP – Keep Funeral Procession Trouble-Free“.
It kinda had me wondering to whom the warning was meant for unless you read through the entire report.
Perhaps, the Deputy IGP was referring to Pewaris, an UMNO-linked organisation masquerading as an NGO which is Pro-ISA. Did Pewaris know that the majority of the ISA detainees are in fact malays and if they do, what were THEIR efforts to seek justice for their brethren in the name of Islam?
And who the heck is Pewaris to issue a statement which read –
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Sourced from Bernama) —
Pewaris, a non-governmental organisation, today appealed to MIC president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu to urge the Indian community not to get involved in any protest demonstrations during tomorrow’s funeral procession for A.Kugan, a suspect in a car theft case who died while in police custody.
Pewaris deputy chairman II Rahimuddin Md Harun told a press conference here that any protest during the procession was inadvisable as it might offend the sensitivities of others.
If we are to juxtapose the above statement against what was published at Pewaris blogsite on 26th January ’09, we’ll get an inkling of what can happen –
Jika seseorang pemimpin merasakan dirinya bertanggungjawab dan peka kepada sensitiviti perkauman di negara ini, PEWARIS ingin menyarankan agar dua orang Timbalan Menteri tersebut termasuklan Presiden MIC, Dato’ Seri Samy Vellu membuat pengisytiharan kepada masyarakat India agar tidak berkumpul beramai-ramai di Hospital Universiti atau berarak dan menimbulkan sebarang huru-hara sewaktu majlis pengebumian jenazah mendiang saudara A.Kugan esok. (28 Januari 2009). PEWARIS merasakan tanggungjawab menentukan keamanan di Negara ini tidak terletak di bahu pasukan Polis sahaja.
Perarakan bersifat perkauman dan provokatif seumpama ini mampu menimbulkan perasaan benci masyarakat Islam dan Melayu di negara ini. Jika ini berlaku, pihak PEWARIS tidak teragak-agak untuk keluar dan berkumpul beramai-ramai menentang perarakan ini. Kami juga sanggup ditahan oleh pihak polis demi mempertahankan keamanan dan kemakmuran di negara ini..
I’ve personally witnessed the likes of Pewaris and its ilk, Pekida and GPMS barging through police lines at the Bar Council forum in August ’08 and if they are to be present during the funeral procession and burial for A.Kugan, I sincerely hope that the PDRM keep their eyes on these blokes. The PDRM can have a glimpse of the usual suspects here.
And for good measure, there will be other sensitive eyes keeping watch on the PDRM, at every single step and from every angle.
Update: 1900HR 28/01/09.
I find the following words by ‘kraznyoctbyar’ a fitting end for this posting (taken from the sjsandteam website) –
- Info received from reliable source that the crowd was in excess of 10 thousand Malaysians comprising the average man in the street to Pakatan Rakyat MPs. But due to FRU action, the crowd couldn’t group together as a whole, and are now in a few separate clusters of people numbering 75 – 150 each. The hearse made it’s way from Taipan Police Station thru Damansara – Puchong Highway (LDP). Traffic police are finding it very hard to manage the traffic combined with the taunts from some members of the crowd venting their anger. At the LDP, two toll gates were allocated for the passage of the hearse and the ensuing motocade without the need to pay the toll charges. As the hearse made it’s way thru Puchong, people from the numerous kampongs lining the highway came out and gave their endorsement of support. It was a truly heart warming event, considering all these people are our average Malay abangs, adiks, pakciks and makciks. The was also a delegation representing PAS party from the area. It is now raining at the cemetery but the crowd did not disperse to seek shelter. Even YB Gobind is drenched now. I believe that we as Malaysian have effectively delivered a point to the government that we are certainly taking this issue head-on in the context of the death of a Malaysian son, not an Indian. I believe that would really matter for something, from this point forward. Thank you to all Bangsa Malaysians who answered the call in this time of need. You make me proud.Comment by kraznyoctbyar — January 28, 2009 @ 5:25 pm
- As of now, burial is already carried out and the family with realtives are going thru the Hindu post-burial rites. Speeches are being made by our MPs and politicians present there addressing the medias, some are foreign medias, as well. So we can safely conclude that the atrocities and brutality against a young boy will see the light of the day, worldwide. It couldn’t have come at the right moment considering Malaysia will be coming under the review of UN Human Rights Commission on the 11th February 2009. Another nail in to the coffin of umno is delivered today, not by the Indians but the collective Malaysians, as a whole.Comment by kraznyoctbyar — January 28, 2009 @ 5:35 pm