Thursday, January 30, 2014

Attorney General must explain what is causing the delay to prosecute Muhammad Rizuan Suhaimi.

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Attorney General must explain what is causing the delay to prosecute Muhammad Rizuan Suhaimi.

The Star has today reported that Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan will not withdraw the police report that he lodged after he was assaulted by a teacher.
The report said that according to an aide, they are currently not aware of the status of the police investigation.

“But the last we heard was that it had gone to the Deputy Public Pro­secutor’s office,” he said.

Such stand is welcomed and it is hoped that Kamalanathan will not change his mind after he has recently said that he has decided to forgive the teacher Mu­­ham­mad Rizuan Suhaimi who attacked him.

In any case even if  Kamalanathan decides to withdraw the police report, it has little significance as a criminal wrong can be proceeded by the Attorney General (AG) by disregarding the withdrawal.

In fact it's highly appropriate for the AG to file charges at the soonest to convey a strong message to the people like the aggressor and to deter others.

In view of the fact that Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan had said that the investigation papers on the attack incident were submitted to the A-G’s Chambers on January 15, AG Tan Sri Ghani Patail must explain why no action has been taken till today.

What is causing the delay?

On Jan 16, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had also said that he could not condone the teacher’s act, adding that whatever reason or pressure faced by the Umno Youth member concerned; there was no justification for such an aggressive act

Let’s see if the teacher will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Education Ministry and Umno.

In fact, after announcement was made by the Education Ministry on January 27 that the teacher who made her students wear bells around their neck and offered them grass to eat for not completing their homework would be issued a stern warning and transferred to another school, Khairy had called for the immediate sacking of the teacher.

 In a Twitter posting, Khairy said the teacher in question should be expelled from the Education Ministry, and not merely transferred to another school.

I am sure Khairy would view a violent attack by a teacher on a deputy minister as a more serious offence than the “cow bell” incident.

The question is has he or will he press the Education Ministry to sack Mu­­ham­mad Rizuan?

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