Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today defended the integrity of the police force, saying that the weapons lost by the police were due to human error and not foul play.
He then forbade any more discussion on the matter and said "no more" queries from Malaysiakini.
Asked about the RM1.3 million worth of weapons lost by the police force, as reported by the Auditor-General's Report 2012, Zahid said he was positive that there was no sinister motive behind the missing weapons.
The auditor-general reports that handcuffs topped the list of missing items at 156, followed by 44 weapons and 29 police vehicles.
"I know the loss was not due to a breach of trust, deviant acts or elements of bribery," he told reporters.
"It is because of carelessness and mistakes made in the line of duty."
Zahid said he has followed up on the audit report by asking the inspector-general of police to have a standard operating procedure (SOP) and to slap a surcharge on errant officers involved.
He said he hoped next year's audit would not contain such weapons lost reports, as he does not want the "image of the police to be scarred by the auditor-general's report".
More and more people now trust the police, he said, adding that the force has shown high integrity.
Zahid then ended his statement by warning Malaysiakini to report exactly as he said, without any "spin".
"Malaysiakini, write clearly yeah? Don't write other things... Other reporters can ask questions, Malaysiakini may not," Zahid said.
He also told Malaysiakini not to ask any follow-up questions on the missing weapons.
"You write everything that is only bad about us, about the Home Ministry (KDN)... By right, you shouldn't have come today, you are shameful."
Zahid then answered another question from a Nanyang Siang Pau reporter before taking yet another swipe again at Malaysiakini.
"Okaylah, maybe Malaysiakini will write all sorts of things again... enough-lah,” and ended his tirade with "I don’t trust you at all... Assalamualaikum!" before stalking off.