DAP’s Ramasamy says called in for police questioning next week

Opalyn Mok
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy speaks during a press conference in George Town July 20, 2018. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 17 — Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy said the police have summoned him to Bukit Aman for questioning over his criticism of the force last month.

The Penang lawmaker said he will present himself at the federal police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Monday to have his statement recorded.

He said the police told him the investigation was for reports lodged against him over his article titled “New government but the same old police force” dated September 17.

“I don’t think it’s related to the investigations into the defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),” he said when contacted.

Last week, the police’s counter-terrorism division applied detention without trial on a dozen people including two DAP lawmakers on suspicion of links to the LTTE.

Today, the senior DAP leader said he was further informed that the investigation against him was over the publication of his article on a news portal.

Ramasamy said the police had first contacted him to arrange for the questioning on October 9, after which his private secretary had conferred with them to set up the appointment next week.

In the article that was reproduced on several websites, Ramasamy criticised the police over a recent shooting incident in which three suspected robbers were killed in Rawang, Selangor.

He wrote to demand that the police reveal the “truth” in the incident.

“Too many incidents of police shootouts resulting in the deaths of suspected robbers have not gone beyond the testimony of the police,” he wrote in the article.

He also pressured the government to launch a full inquiry into the shooting.

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