Condemn the police probe on UM lecturer Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi for ‘criminal intimidation’ over her article titled ‘Who Owns The Police’

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 27th of March

I refer to the article published by The Malaysian Insider entitled “UM lecturer now under probe over article on police” (http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/um-lecturer-now-under-probe-over-article-on-police)

According to this article, UM lecturer Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi, is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation over the article she wrote on the 16th of March, 2015, entitled “Who owns the police”  (http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/khoo-ying-hooi/article/who-owns-the-police)

I strongly condemn the tactics of the police, led by the twitter-trigger-happy Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who made a reference to Dr. Khoo’s comments on the #KitaLawan rally in a tweet on the 15th of March 2015.

Dr. Khoo’s column raises many valid points about the motivations and actions of the police force in Malaysia as well as in other countries in response to public protests. To question her and to investigate and possibly charge her under the Penal Code is an affront to and an attack on academic freedom in Malaysia.

I call upon the IGP to put an immediate stop to these intimidation tactics against legitimate academic inquiry and research.