Thursday, 17 May 2012

Apologise demand to police, media for 'murder' allegation

Sik PKR Youth chief Ngah Habib Mahyudin is to lodge a police report against what he calls "serious false allegations" made against him by the police and media over what he spoke at a recent ceramah.

Ngah is demanding unreserved public apologies from the police and the press, saying he would contemplating legal action against them for defamation if they do not respond.

Ngah is being investigated for a statement he is accused of uttering at a ceramah in Bukit Mertajam on May 12 that he wanted to murder all the policemen who took action on Bersih 3.0 participants. He has denied saying this.

Kedah PKR legal affairs bureau chief Gooi Hsiao Leung said Ngah's house was raided by police a day after he spoke at the ceramah.

NONEGooi (left) said the police had demanded that Ngah, who is also Kedah Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia chief, surrenders to be investigated for uttering the threat.

"After giving his statement and as we were leaving the police station around 2.40pm on Tuesday, we found a horde of newspaper photographers and TV news cameramen waiting for us, and they started taking our pictures," said Gooi.

"Strangely, the reporters didn't approach us or ask Ngah for any particulars or the purpose for coming to the police station. We did not inform the media about the visit," he added.

Gooi, a lawyer, had accompanied Ngah to the Seberang Perai Tengah district police headquarters in Bukit Mertajam to have his statement recorded.

'News people tipped off by police'

After the police report was made, Gooi said, a report about Ngah threatening to murder policemen was broadcast on the 8pm TV3 prime time news and also published in Malay language dailies Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian.

The reports, he added, said Ngah was being investigated for having uttered in a ceramah that he had "wanted to murder all the police officers who had taken action against the Bersih 3.0 participants".

Gooi suspects that the news reporters waiting for Ngah outside the police station must have been "tipped off" in a pre-arrangement made by the police.

"We believe the police orchestrated the media coverage of Habib's story as part of the ongoing public campaign in the past weeks to paint Bersih supporters as hooligans, thugs and criminals," he said.

"We condemn the organised and systematic public campaign by the police to demonise the Bersih supporters.

"We are appalled and disgusted that the police are prepared to even exaggerate, twist and lie to the public in order to achieve their goals by falsely accusing Ngah of threatening to murder the policemen," Gooi added.

On Tuesday, Seberang Perai Tengah district police deputy chief Supt Baharudin Mustapha said Ngah Habib is alleged to have uttered the words and "the police have started an investigation into the case".

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