“If there are cops who acted in such a kurang ajar (despicable) manner, we must take action against them,” vowed Kuala Lumpur police CID intelligence and operations chief ACP Khairi Ahrasa.
The 36th witness to testify before the Human Rights Commission’s (Suhakam) public inquiry into alleged human rights abuses during the April 28 pro-electoral reform rally, Khairi was asked to specifically comment on two victims.
He said the media's duty to cover such events was a historical fact and police should not obstruct journalists from doing their job, let alone beat them up. Khairi said he had ordered the men under him to be aware of this.
The officer also said he believes that both the media and the police would benefit from better cooperation and coordination so that both sides could perform their duties better.
A slew of police reports have been lodged by participants and media practitioners on the brutal acts of members of the police force during the April 28 rally.
Several investigation papers have been opened to investigate the allegations, though one investigating officer admitted to the panel yesterday that internals delays were stonewalling investigations.
The resulting public outcry is one of the reasons that the Suhakam inquiry into human rights violations during the rally was convened.