DAP MP questions arrest of individuals who recorded a raid in Penang

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng is questioning the arrest of three individuals for recording a raid by the police in a cafe recently.

He said the arrest of the three individuals could be seen as a means to oppress the public.

“It is very subjective according to the law to classify the recording of a raid as interfering with the duty of the authorities,” he said in a statement today.

He said if the public is not allowed to record, then the government should hasten its plans to install body cameras on the policemen on duty.

“The purchase of this equipment was scheduled in 2021 and it is now 2023, when will this be implemented?” he asked.

He said this is an important issue that needs to be looked at especially with the new government prioritising reformation within the policing body.

The DAP MP was commenting on a raid conducted by the police at a music performance held in a cafe in George Town, Penang last night.

He said, other than the arrest of the cafe owner, three individuals from the audience were arrested for recording the police during the raid.

He demanded that the Attorney General explain the rational behind this action when the raid was openly conducted but the public was not allowed to record it.

“In this case, why were the individuals arrested for recording the raid? Isn’t it better if such operations conducted by the authorities were not conducted in a clandestine manner?” he asked.

He said there needs to be transparency in the way the authorities conduct their duties and this should be shown to the public.