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Police must act when aggressive behaviour is involved

Stephen Ng  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT When there are acts of aggression, the public do not expect the police to play the role of a mediator.

In any case, whether it involves the son of a cabinet minister, deputy minister or other high-ranking official, the police should not downplay the thuggish behaviour.

Over the past few years, this is what we have observed. For example, there was an incident involving the son of Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and a security guard. What happened after the recording of the incident went viral?

Did the police charge the son of the then-de facto law minister? If not, why not? This involved physical assault, which is strongly condemned by the civil society. How can the aggressor be let off, even with a word of warning?

Recently, the son of Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was also allegedly involved in a thuggish mob that allegedly attacked Shah Alam parliamentarian Khalid Samad in the compound of the August House.

They say, “Like father, like son.” Indeed, the father was the one who started poking fun at Teresa Kok in Parliament, but the son and a group of Umno members from Pasir Salak constituency in Perak arrived in Parliament and allegedly roughed up Khalid for using the word, ‘sial.’

Firstly, does Umno condone such act? Has any disciplinary measure been meted against these thug-like characters? If not, the police should take serious action against the aggressors without fear or favour, and Umno leaders should not even intervene just because he is the son of a deputy minister.

Whereas the video clip has gone viral and people are aware of who the aggressors are, why did the police not arrest the aggressors and charge them over their thuggish behaviour on the grounds of Parliament?

Why is there a need for a police line-up, and even that, after several weeks since the incident took place? This is one thing that does not make sense to me, especially since the procedure may be necessary only in the yesteryears whereas incidents like this are all caught on video and now it has also gone viral?

Ask your own conscience. If such acts of aggression are allowed, what message are we sending to the thugs? That it is fine for anyone to show thuggish behaviour, or does the double standard only apply to certain persons, since we know that a couple who had roughed up a woman local council enforcement officer were recently charged in court and fined?

The list goes on. What about another group of Umno members in Penang who barged into the Penang state assembly hall? Were they also prosecuted for their act of aggression? What we know is that Seri Delima state assemblyperson RSN Rayer was charged in court, and thereafter acquitted, but should the aggressors go free?

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