Najib Razak has started running Malaysia through his police force, according to MP Tony Pua, who reflects a growing perception.
In fact, it has become plain that the most powerful person in the country is no longer the PM cum FM cum UMNO Chairman, but the none too bright nor delicate IGP, Khalid Abu Baker, whose corrupt conflicts of interest flogging armaments are believed to be just part of a far more extensive burgeoning business empire, linked to his ability to either enforce the law or not.
Whilst Khalid’s men beat the life out of prisoners with seeming unrestraint, as the shocking statistics on escalating police brutality bear witcness, this jumped up police commissioner goes around making decisions on everything under the sun and is rarely out of the news pronouncing on diplomatic issues or his assessments of the guilt of individuals.
Who needs judges or lawmakers when you have the IGP ready to condemn and re-arrest under Najib’s arbitrary emergency laws people like student Siti Noor Aishah Atam, found innocent by the courts, but not in the eyes of Khalid?
Now this puffed up, pumped up police chief has waded in to veto a political debate, willingly entered into by two senior politicians with opposing views on the financial scandal 1MDB.
One is Malaysia’s long-term veteran leader Mahathir Mohammed, who left the ruling party over the matter and has a weighty dossier of evidence on the massive thefts and cover-ups.
The other is Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, a long-term Najib crony, who boasted he would be happy to defend the government over this indefensible affair and now desperately needs getting off the hook. After all, he doesn’t want to be seen running from the venue like his boss Najib when he heard Dr M would be quizzing him on 1MDB.
Enter Khalid, who has proceeded to ‘veto‘ this open, voluntary discussion between two senior public figures on a variety of spurious grounds entirely beyond the remit of the police.
He over-ruled the Selangor police acceptance of the latest proposed venue in a commercial area on the grounds of an unproven claim that ‘residents’ feared noise.
Tony Pua has therefore questioned whether Malaysia can now be categorised as a police state, where men in public uniforms tell elected representatives and law-makers what to do, whether legal or not?
Together with the Attorney General the IGP is now recognised as the instrument whereby Najib runs Malaysia, not according to the law but according to what suits him. If a court releases someone, then the AG just appeals or prosecutes under one of Najib’s new ‘terror’ laws that need no explanations and then the IGP rounds them up.
Of course, if the IGP had done his proper job, it would be Najib himself who would have been arrested by his men and prosecuted by the Attorney General (AG) for the crime of theft.
Instead, the IGP decided to work against the rule of law and law of the land and arrested the AG instead. Najib then unconstitutionally sacked the top prosecutor and put in his present man instead. It has made Khalid the most powerful man in the land, because Najib now relies on him to escape justice.
For now Khalid is playing the role of willing henchman, yet another example of the shocking depths to which Malaysia’s governance has sunk to save Najib’s skin. But, this man in a uniform has visibly grown cockier by the day as the pleasure of power sinks in. Likewise, his goons in the lower ranks have started acting towards the public with impunity.
There are very strong signs that this IGP’s impending retirement date will be put back by a special order from the Prime Minister, who cannot afford to lose his right hand man who knows where all the bodies lie buried in Putrajaya. Of course it will be.
There is one bright side to this reign of fear imposed by Najib, Khalid and the rest, because they have more to fear than anyone. The day this crew stop abusing the law or stop working together or the fed up millions of Malaysia finally chuck them out, will be a day of heavy reckoning and they know it.
See Tony Pua’s full statement