Police questioning me is another sign that the new Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, is determined to intimidate Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives and anti-BN Political Activists

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, in Kuala Lumpur on the 24th of May, 2013

I was questioned by the police in my office in Seri Kembangan on Tuesday, 21st of May, 2013 over a report published in the Star Newspaper on Monday, 20th of May 2013, with the headlines “Take action against Kian Ming, voter told.”[1] I had earlier, on Sunday, 12th of May, in a press conference involving the Chinese press, asked that the Election Commission investigate the case of Chua Lai Fatt on whether he had been wrongly issued a Malaysian IC.[2] I made this request because Chua Lai Fatt was categorized as a Chinese voter but his appearance, as shown by his IC, did not indicate that he was of Chinese descent. When I found out that Mr. Chua was adopted by Chinese family as a baby in the Klang area, I issued a written apology to Mr Chua and his family.[3]

I was surprised that firstly, the police is investigating me under Section 505c of the Penal Code which pertains to “statements conducing to public mischief”, specifically, “whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report with intent to incite or which is likely to incite any class of community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons” since my statement to ask the Election Commission to investigate the case of Chua Lai Fatt was made one week after polling day and hence did not affect Chua Lai Fatt’s right to cast a vote. Nor did it lead to anyone taking any action to harm Mr Chua.

I was also surprised that the police took such speedy action to question me especially when no one, including Mr. Chua, filed a police report against me. I was asked to give my statement just one day after the publication of the Star report. The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) who was questioning me, Mr Tan, showed me the Star report and told me that they were investigating me based on that report rather than the report in the Chinese press which came out a week earlier. I wonder if the police are as quick to act when newspaper reports are published with potentially seditious remarks made by BN leaders? Or when members of the public or Pakatan Rakyat representatives make police reports based on potentially seditious remarks made by BN leaders?

Based on the recent turn of events, including the charging of Seri Setia ADUN Nik Nazmi under the Peaceful Assembly Act, the charging of student activist Adam Adli under the Seditions Act, the arrests of Batu MP Tian Chua, ABU activist Haris Ibrahim and PAS member Tamrin Ghafar and ongoing investigations against them under the Seditions Act, the questioning of Taiping DAP MP Nga Kor Ming, Bilut DAP ADUN Chow Yu Hui, Ketari ADUN Lee Chin Chen, DAP lifetime advisor Chen Man Hin, and most recently, reports that Ipoh Timur DAP MP Thomas Su would be charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act, I cannot help but conclude that the newly minted IGP, Khalid Abu Bakar, with the blessings of the newly appointed Home Minister, Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, is conducting a coordinated effort to intimidate Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives as well as anti-BN political activists.

I am confident that Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives and the anti-BN political activists will not be cowed by these intimidation tactics. These actions show that the BN is increasingly desperate and willing to resort to any and all measures in order to silence the voices of the majority of voters who supported Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th General Election.