Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Home Minster must reveal who is the third party interfering in the running of the police force.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin was anxious to convince Malaysians that the claim that there was a rift between him and the IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan was baseless.

Instead of waiting for tommorrow's Police Day function where both he and the IGP will appear together , Hishammuddin had yesterday called a press conference at Putrajaya flanked by Musa and the deputy IGP .

But both he and Musa did not tell what should be told to Malaysians -- who is the third party interfering in the running of the police force.

A paragraph in today's NST report says " Musa, explaining his remarks in a Sunday newspaper, said he was merely quoting section 4 of the Police Act which states that the administration of the police was under the purview of the IGP only and that there should not be a third party speculating on related matters."

But in today's Star report , it was reported that Hishammuddin said he had clarified with Musa over the “third party” claim and the IGP had confirmed that he was not referring to the minister.

If what Musa said was that there should not be a third party speculating on related matters, why was the news reported as " a third party" interfering in the running of the Police force?

Both Hishammuddin and Musa certainly know that a third party speculating on related matters is not the same as a third party interfering in the running of the police force,.

Why then did not the IGP or the Home Minister strongly react against the newspaper 's misreport, just like the way they had reacted over the recent erroneous Chinapress report on alleged IGP's resignation?

I am not suggesting that any action should be taken against the newspaper if indeed there was a misreport but I am merely pointing out that Musa's explanation does not sound convincing.

Moreover, Hishammuddin's clarification that Musa was not referring to him has just confirmed that there was truth in Musa's claim of third party interference.

Since Musa had clarified to Hishammuddin that he was not referring to the Minister, he would also have
revealed the third party identity to Hishammuddin, hence the Home Minister must make a Ministerial Statement on the interference claim in Parliament.

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