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The police will investigate all 28 Perak state assemblypersons, including Pakatan Rakyat’s ousted menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin and Speaker V Sivakumar, over the emergency assembly held under a tree on Tuesday.
It further reports that the police have todate opened 31 investigation papers including 12 for illegal assembly.
Then of course, we have the Home Minister talking the usual justification of the police actions:-
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar conceded that the police may have made some mistakes in the handling of the Perak State Assembly fiasco on Tuesday but stressed that they had a duty to ensure peace and order.
“In the first place it was decided that the Speaker had been banned from convening a meeting and if he were to enter the State Assembly building it would be trespassing and when one trespasses, it is the duty of the police to stop them,” he said.
Syed Hamid Albar in the past was well known to make…well, unintelligent statements (like his statement that ISA was used for the protection of the ISA detainee) and this time, he does it again.
Read the Home Minister’s statement again and it will make you wonder how a no brainer like him could have been appointed to lead a Ministry. Here are some questions to be pondered:-
- Was the Speaker banned in the first place? If one is not mistaken, the court order (which is argued to be null and void) came after the State Assembly had met and passed the 3 motions
- Does being banned from convening a meeting means an automatic ban to enter the building? If one look at the records, the Speaker was allowed to enter the building but he opted not to after he was informed that the other assemblymen is not allowed to enter.
- What is the role of the police? If it is merely to ensure no trespassing has occurred, then shouldn’t it be the job of the building security guards?
It looks like Syed Albar put his foot in the mouth again…