Committee’s instant results a hard act to emulate by R Nadeswaran
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | Syabas. Well done and congratulations. Within
two days of their appointment, a committee of three ministers and the
attorney-general has done something that the police could not do – solve
This news is not something that was picked from thin
air. Neither is it “news” that was picked from social media and it
certainly is not fake news.
Yesterday, Housing and Local
Government Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican said that the
investigations by the special committee into the death of firefighter
Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim (above) will lead to the arrest of the suspects.
“Even if it’s difficult, we will use all our efforts (in investigating the case),” FMT quoted Reezal Merican as saying.
Adib suffered serious injuries while on duty at a riot outside a temple
in Subang Jaya in November 2018. He died in hospital three weeks later.
A coroner’s court ruled that he died after a criminal act perpetrated by more than two unidentified people.
committee needs to be applauded and we, the citizens must be indebted
to this committee for moving to solve a crime after sitting for just one
Take a bow, the members of the committee led by de facto Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Reezal Merican, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin and Attorney-General Idrus Harun.
We do not know what methodology they used and what evidence they had gathered to come to such a conclusion.
it’s not time to pop the champagne of the non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
Going through some history, the arrests may not be of those who
directly caused the death of the firefighter.
That’s because on
Aug 4 last year, Hamzah told Parliament that the police have recommended
charging 12 suspects related to the death of Muhammad Adib.
told Parliament: “The police have conducted investigations based on the
instructions by the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) and have compiled
evidence to be presented to the prosecution.
statement came with a caveat: “The investigation papers have been
presented to the AGC on July 23 last year with the following
recommendations: that they charge 12 suspects under Section 143 of the
Penal Code (for illegal gathering).”
So, this has nothing to do
with directly causing the firefighter’s death but the issues related to
the commotion caused by an attempt by the developer to demolish a Hindu
But in December last year, Hamzah told Parliament again
that the investigation “was now in the final stages and the results
would be submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers”.
two ministerial answers in Parliament, are we to believe that the
arrests which Reezal Merican talked about would be related to rioting
and not causing death? Let us not jump the gun.
Let us give this
committee the credit it deserves. Despite not being empowered to compel
witnesses to testify, it has done a wonderful job, and promptly too.
can’t Malaysians accept the fact that this committee, unknown to even
the police, has obtained and collated more documents than the entire
police force had done for over 18 months?
Let us assume it has
gathered enough evidence and identified those who caused Muhammed Adib’s
death. Surely, Reezal Merican did not shoot his mouth off without the
This is certainly a good sign. The doubting Thomases and
those who don’t have much faith in the police force can turn to this
committee, or to any one of its four members with evidence which the
police may have missed or may have slipped through their hands.
like-minded Malaysians will agree that this committee has done a great
job. While at it, we should ask its members to look at the case of M
Indira Gandhi’s daughter, Prasana Diksa.
She has been missing for
10 years and was 11 months old when she was taken by her father,
Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, who had converted to Islam.
We know the
elections are not far away and this would be the perfect time for this
committee to show that it practises and promotes the prime minister’s
“One Family” concept encompassing all Malaysians. What about also
including the case of the two missing pastors?
Richard Koh, 62, went missing on Feb 13, 2017, from Petaling Jaya and
Amri Che Mat, a social activist from Perlis, went missing on Nov 24,
The conclusion is that this committee has shown it is more
efficient and competent.
Therefore, shouldn’t all enforcement agencies
get help from this committee to crack all the unsolved cases?