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Malaysia’s PDRM law unto itself: Open letter to country's IG of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah

By Jeswan Kaur* 

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” but this profound understanding is lost on Malaysia’s police force, Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).
In 2020, I stepped into the office of a senior police officer, Masrol Riadi, to discuss my case (a criminal intimidation matter) and his first words were “Mata kamu mengsteamkan” which in English would mean “your eyes arouse me.”
That was the first red flag I noticed. Then came the good morning messages and videos. My reprimanding him did not help nor did my reminding Masrol that I could report him for sexual harassment.
I made my way to the city’s top cop and demanded an explanation as to how the police would deal with such lecherous officer and who had messed up my case.
I was assured the cop concerned would be rebuked. I was then told to lodge a report against him with ASP Nori Mt from the Disciplinary Unit.
It did not take me long to realise that ASP Nori was a diva in disguise and loved every bit of attention coming her way as seen through the pictures she constantly posted on her WhatsApp status. Whilst the public was threatened with a fine if they refused to wear the face mask during lockdown, she was all over the place without a face mask.
When I requested that she set a good example as a cop, ASP Nori blocked my number.
As for my earlier case, that involving criminal intimidation, I was referred to an ASP Noor Zarini.
Mr IGP, all three cops I dealt with had no qualms behaving as if they are above the law. Noor Zarini like Nori never bothered updating me about my case as perhaps a VIP’s case “carried more weight”.
My last WhatsApp communication with Noor Zarini dated August 1, 2022 went: “Puan ASP, what’s happening to my case?”. Her reply: “hi good morning mem. Lama I tak update dengan you…minta maaf…disebabkan sibuk dgn tugas baru saya ini.”
(She apologised for not updating me as she was busy with her new responsibility).
When I responded “That’s no excuse. Its’s a serious matter,” Noor Zarini blocked my number.
Mr IGP, I spent hours going back and forth the police station because your officers in blue were incompetent and irresponsible. Yet, I remained determined to seek redress for my case and am still waiting.
I noticed a similar “couldn’t care less” attitude at the Sexual Women and Children’s Investigation Division (D11) with officers like Sergeant Nurhafezah.
Mr IGP, is this your idea of all is well with PDRM?

IPCMC a collateral damage

For the longest time, 17 years now, repeated calls were made to reform PDRM but none saw the light of day.
PDRM’s notoriety remains uncanny, from custodial deaths to rape and nude squats in police lock-ups. That the image of the police force desperately begs rehabilitation is an understatement.
Yet, the powers that be found no reason for alarm and decided all is well with PDRM.
Had this been true, Meta would have no basis to accuse PDRM of masterminding a troll farm designed to “corrupt or manipulate public discourse.”
In its Adversarial Threat Report for the Second Quarter of 2022 released last month, Meta exposed Malaysia's police force as the hand behind the troll farm.
The Meta revelations about individuals behind the PDRM troll farm say they were active on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram, they posted memes in Malay, supported the current government coalition and made claims of corruption amongst the current Barisan Nasional’s critics.
They also created Facebook Pages that posed as independent news entities and promoted police while criticising the opposition.
(PDRM enforces the laws of the country, including the Internet. In fact, they have a Cyber & Multimedia Criminal Investigation Unit under the Commercial Crime Investigation Department. It works together with the National Cyber Security Agency [NACSA] to tackle cybersecurity threats, and these would include malicious influence campaigns).
Soon after Meta's bombshell disclosure, PDRM through its secretary Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin whilst denying the police's involvement inch unscrupulous acts, said it took the allegations seriously and was in the midst of collecting information about them.
PDRM's slapdash reaction to the allegations was no move in the right direction. How did PDRM conclude that the force is "clean" when information gathering was still on-going?
To abdicate responsibility over wrongdoings has been the way of life for Malaysian government agencies and PDRM is no exception. I, Mr IGP, am among those who can bear witness to this.

IPCMC saw no light of day

Transparency International Malaysia in a letter to editor last year bemoaned the lack of political will to put in place the much pleaded for Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
(The IPCMC was mooted by the Royal Commission to enhance the Operation and Management of PDRM, headed by former chief justice Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah in 2005, the objective being to improve oversight and allow independent investigation and punishment for errant, abusive and corrupt officers across the rank and file._
IPCMC sadly never saw the light of day during the reign of the Barisan Nasional government.
A glimmer of hope came the country's way when the Pakatan Harapan government tabled the IPCMC Bill in 2019 only to have it deferred for review by a parliamentary select committee due to "lack of consultation".
The death knell came when the Pakatan Harapan administration collapsed in February 2020. Its successor, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, was more concerned about securing vote banks to secure power. It got rid of IPCMC and replaced it with a watered down Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill.
Then prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin nonchalantly tabled the IPCC Bill in Dewan Rakyat on August 26, 2020. He was soon shown the door and replaced by an equally incompetent and unscrupulous premier, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who decided best to go with the flow vis-à-vis the feeble IPCC Bill.
The IPCMC saga spanned 17 years, rejected each time by all four governments and five prime ministers. The seven inspector-generals of police that came and went were at best hapless as the IPCMC suffered four name changes .
Transparency International Malaysia went through a similar anguish when its repeated calls for the IPCMC to be enforced were dismissed.
Last year inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador revealed a police culture of corruption among police personnel. Now, news of a PDRM-operated troll farm has added more fuel to the raging fire that all is definitely not well with PDRM.
Ti-Malaysia president Dr Muhammad Mohan then said it was shocking there were cartels within PDRM who both protected and colluded with criminal organisations and individuals and remained powerful enough to throttle the inspector-general of police's position and hamper his efforts to investigate them.
Equally frustrated was Johor police chief Ayob Khan who was reported as saying he would charge errant police officers in court instead of referring them to PDRM’s Integrity Department (Jips) with regards to these officers’ misconduct.
Then there was news that a purported whistleblower who had revealed names of police personnel said to be involved in abuse of power, protecting, abetting, conspiring and accepting bribes from the syndicates (such as Nicky Liow and Addy Kana) was arrested.
Mr IGP, had I not been a journalist would you thrash my “revelation” that PDRM has become a law unto itself?
Is silencing the common voice the easy and safe way out for PDRM?
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*Journalist based in Malaysia

टिप्पणियाँ

ट्रेंडिंग

हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

Under Modi, democracy is regressing and economy is also growing slowly

By Avyaan Sharma*   India is "the largest democracy in the world", but now its democracy is regressing and its economy is also growing slowly. What has PM Modi's ten years in power brought us? Unemployment remains high. Joblessness is particularly high among India's youth - with those aged 15 to 29 making up a staggering 83% of all unemployed people in India, according to the "India Employment Report 2024", published last month by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

ભારતમાં જિસસ ક્રાઈસ્ટના દર્શન, ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મના આગમનને કારણે સમાજ વ્યવસ્થામાં પરિવર્તન

- ઉત્તમ પરમાર  મારી કિશોર અવસ્થામાં કેટલાક ચિત્રો અને મૂર્તિઓએ હૃદયમાં એવું સ્થાન જમાવ્યું છે કે આજદિન પર્યંત  ઉત્તરોઉત્તર વિકસતું જ રહ્યું છે. પ્રેમ કરુણાના મૂર્તિમંત અવતાર  જિસસ ક્રાઈસ્ટને વધુસ્તંભે ચઢાવેલી મૂર્તિ  મારી કોઈપણ ધર્મ વિશેની સમજ નહોતી ત્યારથી મારા હૃદયમાં સ્થાપિત થયેલી છે. મારા ઘરની દિવાલ પર વધસ્તંભે ચઢેલા જીસસની પ્રતિમા જોઈને કોઈ મને પૂછી બેસતું કે તું ક્રિશ્ચન છે?

रैंकिंग: अधिकांश भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिरा, इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी

- प्रमोद रंजन*  अप्रैल, 2024 में भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों की अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उच्च रैंकिंग की चर्चा रही। मीडिया ने इसका उत्सव मनाया। लेकिन स्थिति इसके विपरीत है। वैश्विक विश्वविद्यालय रैंकिग में अच्छा स्थान मिलने की खबरें, कुछ संस्थानों को इक्का-दुक्का विषयों में मिले रैंक के आधार पर चुनिंदा ढंग से प्रकाशित की गईं थीं। वास्तविकता यह है कि हाल के वर्षों में हमारे अधिकांश विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिर गया है। इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी रही है।

नोएडा में मैन्युअल स्कैवेंजर्स की मौत: परिवारों को मुआवजा नहीं, प्राधिकरण ने एफआईआर नहीं की

- अरुण खोटे, संजीव कुमार*  गत एक सप्ताह में, उत्तर प्रदेश में सीवर/सेप्टि क टैंक सफाई कर्मियों की सफाई के दौरान सेप्टिक टैंक में मौत। 2 मई, 2024 को, लखनऊ के वज़ीरगजं क्षेत्र में एक सेवर लाइन की सफाई करते समय शोब्रान यादव, 56, और उनके पत्रु सशुील यादव, 28, घटुन से हुई मौत। एक और घटना 3 मई 2024 को नोएडा, सेक्टर 26 में एक घर में सेप्टि क टैंक को सफाई करते समय दो सफाई कर्मचर्मारी नूनी मडंल, 36 और कोकन मडंल जिसे तपन मडंल के नाम से जानते हैं, की मौत हो गई। ये सफाई कर्मचर्मारी बंगाल के मालदा जिले के निवासी थे और नोएडा सेक्टर 9 में रहते थे। कोकन मडंल अपनी पत्नी अनीता मडंल के साथ रहते थे। इनके तीन स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे हैं जो बंगाल में रहते हैं। नूनी मडंल अपनी पत्नी लिलिका मडंल और अपने पत्रु सजुान के साथ किराए पर झग्गी में रहते थे। वे दैनिक मजदरूी और सफाई कर्मचर्मारी के रूप में काम करते थे।

प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने कुछ परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली: प्रमुख प्रस्थापनायें

- राणा सिंह   भारत में परजीवियों का एक विशाल समूह है जो बोलता है कि “सब कुछ माया है”,  लेकिन व्यवहार में यह समूह सारी जिंदगी इसी “माया” के पीछे पागल रहता है।  प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने इन परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली थी।

बिहार के ऐतिहासिक विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय के खंडहरों की परिक्रमा का रोमांचक अवसर

- सुमन्त शरण  कुछ दिन पहले एक सुदूर ग्रामीण अंचल (पीरपैंती)  से तकरीबन डेढ़-दो घंटे की दूरी पर अवस्थित ऐतिहासिक बौद्ध विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय (के अवशेषों) की परिक्रमा का अवसर मिला। विक्रमशीला विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना पाल वंश के राजा धर्मपाल ने की थी। 8वीं शताब्दी से 12वीं शताब्दी के अंत तक यह विश्वविद्यालय भारत के प्रमुख शिक्षा केंद्रों में से एक हुआ करता था। कहा जाता है कि यह अपने कुछेक अत्यंत अनूठे नवाचार के चलते उस समय नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय का सबसे बड़ा प्रतिस्पर्धी था। हालांकि, मान्यता यह भी है कि अल्प अवधि के लिए दोनों विश्वविद्यालय के बीच शिक्षण एवं प्रबंधन के क्षेत्रों में घनिष्ठ पारस्परिक संबंध एवं शिक्षकों के आदान-प्रदान का सिलसिला भी रहा था। यह विश्वविद्यालय तंत्रशास्त्र की पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा विख्यात था। इस विषय का एक सबसे विख्यात छात्र अतीसा दीपनकरा था, जो बाद में तिब्बत जाकर बौद्ध हो गया। इसके प्रथम कुलपति ज्ञान अतिस थे।