Dec 7, 2006

Cops complete probe on fiery Umno delegate speeches

(MalaysiaKini) The police have completed their investigations into the racist-laced speeches made by several Umno delegates at the recently-concluded Umno annual meeting, Deputy Internal Security Minister Mohd Johari Baharum revealed today.

He told the Dewan Rakyat that the police started probing the speeches under the Sedition Act as a result of police reports lodged by opposition party DAP.

“The investigation papers have been sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” Johari said in response to a question by Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timor) during the latter’s debate on the Budget 2007 earlier.

The racist-laced speeches made by several Umno delegates sparked off a public outcry. Following that, five police reports were lodged by DAP while Umno also issued an internal warning to three of the delegates.

They were Umno Youth exco member Azimi Daim, Perlis Umno state liaison committee representative Hashim Subuh and Melaka representative, Hasnoor Sidang Husin.

The three were among several delegates who harshly asserted the economic and religious rights of the nation's majority Muslim Malays over those of its minorities - mostly Chinese and Indians.

Meanwhile, to another question from Lim over the current status of the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), Johari said the matter was still being studied by the AG’s Chambers.

Lim protested, asking why a same reply was given by the ministry and whether this indicated the formation of the IPCMC - an external independent police watchdog - has been “frozen”.

“The IPCMC formation has been delayed for months, shall we expect a (positive) answer from the government only when the next general election comes?” asked the opposition leader.

Johari however repeated his earlier reply

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