Al­leged as­sault on doc: Cops won’t apol­o­gise

> Elite team merely did their job: IGP


KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice will not apol­o­gise for the ac­tions of an elite team which al­legedly tack­led a doc­tor to the ground, hand­cuffed and as­saulted him after he was mis­taken for a rob­ber on Oct 8.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar con­firmed that the fed­eral elite team, Spe­cial Task Force on Or­gan­ised Crime (Stafoc), whose mem­bers were clad in black full tac­ti­cal gear, bal­a­clavas and car­ried heavy firearms, were merely do­ing their job.

“We were after a few house break-in suspects. We knew that th­ese crim­i­nals used to have their meals there at a stall, and at the time when the po­lice ar­rived and sur­rounded the place, the suspects were there.

“The elite team told ev­ery­one not to run. But the suspects and the doc­tor started run­ning, so po­lice thought he was one of the suspects.

“That was what ac­tu­ally hap­pened. I think if you’ve got noth­ing to do with any po­lice case then when the cops tell you to stay put, just stay put,” he told re­porters after launch­ing the Sam­sung Smart Li­brary at the Po­lice Train­ing Cen­tre in Jalan Padang Tem­bak yes­ter­day.

Khalid was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from re­porters after Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam ex­pressed hope that po­lice would pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion on the in­ci­dent after the doc­tor, who is at­tached to Ser­dang Hospi­tal, was not given an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain him­self.

Subram­niam said this had af­fected the med­i­cal per­son­nel’s morale.

“There will be no of­fi­cial apol­ogy from us be­cause we just did our duty, and of course, I re­gret what hap­pened. But there will be no apol­ogy,” he added.

In an­other case, po­lice believe there were el­e­ments of “tor­ture” in the re­cent in­ci­dent of pri­mary school pupils who were forced to wade through a mud pit with snakes thrown in.

He said po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, adding that it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the train­ers to in­cor­po­rate snakes into a train­ing pro­gramme in­volv­ing school­child­ren.

“We also urge the per­son who made the video, which went vi­ral, to as­sist po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We just want to record his or her state­ment be­cause this per­son is the main witness,” he said.

In the video, a group of fe­male stu­dents, dressed in sport­ing at­tire, were seen wad­ing through a muddy pool when snakes were flung into the pool, leav­ing the girls in shock.

The in­ci­dent, which took place at the Kuala Kangsar Civil De­fence Force camp, hap­pened dur­ing a team-build­ing pro­gramme for pupils from SK Beluru, Kuala Kangsar.

Two baby mon­keys res­cued dur­ing the raids.

Our front page re­port on Oct 12.

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