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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kit Siang: IGP should resign

By Boo Su-Lyn

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Tan Sri Musa Hassan should resign as Inspector-General of Police (IGP) over the police shooting of 14-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah, said Lim Kit Siang today.

Kit Siang (right), baying for Musa's blood in the Aminul affair. – File pic
Public anger has been mounting against the police since the killing of the Form Three student in a car chase one week ago in Shah Alam.
A Facebook fanpage demanding justice for Aminulrasyid has more than 60,000 fans expressing their anger against the police over the school-boy’s shooting.
“If you love the Royal Malaysian Police Force, then you have no other option but to resign immediately to protect the police from the consequences of  your gross failure of police leadership as IGP,” said the DAP Parliamentary Leader in a statement today.
Lim said that the police-shooting case has “completely destroyed your credibility and authority”, with reference to Musa Hassan, and called for a new IGP to restore public confidence in the police.
Lim, also the Ipoh Timur MP, also suggested two recommendations: the first is to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry headed by former IGP Tan Sri Hanif Omar to investigate Aminulrasyid’s case and all police shooting deaths since 2005.
At least 39 people were fatally shot by police in 2009, according to Klang MP Charles Santiago. In 2008, human rights watchdog Suaram reported 44 deaths by police shootings. Comparatively in England and Wales, there were only five fatal police shootings per year on average in the last decade.
Lim’s second recommendation for Musa was to endorse the proposal of the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission for the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), which was previously blocked by Musa.
In Aminulrasyid’s case, the police claimed that the boy had tried to ram policemen with his sister’s car, causing them to shoot in self-defense.
However, the teenager’s friend Azamuddin Omar, who was the lone passenger in the car, disputed the police’s version of events, claiming that Aminulrasyid did not try to ram any policemen but was still shot in the head.
Azamuddin claimed that they were returning home after watching a football match in a restaurant in Shah Alam when the car they were in grazed another vehicle.
Azamuddin claimed several motorcyclists chased them and one hit the car from behind near a roundabout, not far from where Aminulrasyid lived.
It was at this point that police saw the car and chased them while shooting at them, said Azamuddin.


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