Mar 5, 2007

Police Seek Help from Web Bloggers

The change of role for bloggers. With the help of technology, nowadays bloggers are needed to assist police investigation. This truly displays the power of bloggers.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 (Bernama) -- The police are seeking the help of web bloggers who posted on the Internet information pertaining to a senior politician who allegedly accepted more than RM5 million in bribes for helping to free criminal suspects held under the Emergency Ordinance.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the police wanted to know how the bloggers garnered the information on the matter and the whole history of the allegations, adding that the police would be fair to all in the matter.

"If they can provide us vital information, it will benefit our investigation. We greatly welcome the bloggers to come forward by themselves and assist us to ensure a smooth investigation," he told Bernama here Sunday.

Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) Director of Investigations Mohd Shukri Abdul was reported to have said yesterday that the ACA had begun investigating the senior politician who had allegedly accepted more than RM5 million to assist in freeing several suspects held under the Emergency Ordinance.

Musa said he could not say anything more at the moment as the investigation had started.

He said the police were informed of at least two websites that had posted the allegations and details of the politician's alleged involvement.

"But it's too early to come up with a conclusion and it's our job to find out the truth. Nothing is true without evidence," he said, adding that the police were ready to assist the ACA in the investigation.

On another matter, Musa said ACA Director-General Datuk Seri Zulkipli Mat Noor would be questioned soon over allegations of corruption against him.

He said Zulkipli has been told to prepare himself to face the investigation taskforce and that he has agreed to facilitate the police investigation.

Retired Sabah ACA director Mohamad Ramli Manan had alleged that Zulkipli was involved in corruption and abuse of power.

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