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Shed light on Mexican standoff remarks by Umno leader, IGP told

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DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang wants inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar to shed light on Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun’s remarks in relation to a “Mexican standoff”.

“Khairul Azwan said his report has led to a ‘Mexican standoff’ or a deadlock describing a confrontation between two or more parties in which none of the opponents has the advantage to proceed without being exposed to danger.

“Can the IGP throw light on the ‘Mexican standoff’ referred to […] and whether the IGP or the police were in anyway involved in such a ‘Mexican standoff’?” asked the Gelang Patah MP in a statement today.

Khairul Azwan, responding to Khalid who said that police would not investigate him over a report he lodged against three former heads of institutions, said that this might be due to a Mexican standoff.

“The IGP will not continue the investigation and I was made to understand that the action will not be taken so this is a Mexican standoff,” he had said.

In his report lodged last week, Khairul Azwan had named former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kassim Mohamed and former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail.

Khairul Azwan said they were involved in a conspiracy against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. He claimed the three were suspected of providing classified information to foreign agencies including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), without authorisation.

On Tuesday, Khalid said that the report by Khairul Azwan did not warrant further investigation and that the Umno Youth leader would not be investigated for making a false report.

Meanwhile, commenting on this, Lim questioned the consequences to be faced if an opposition leader had made such a report.

“Imagine what would have happened if a Pakatan Harapan leader or civil society activist had lodged a police report against high officials for a conspiracy to topple prime minister based on assumptions without any iota of supporting evidence?”

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