A non-governmental organisation has criticised Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin over his defence and reluctance to revise the appointments of the special task force members probing the alleged enforced disappearances of pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.
Despite public objections, the Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED) said the move was Pakatan Harapan’s “biggest blunder”.
Quoting lawyer Datuk Baljit Singh, CAGED said it was obvious that there was a conflict of interest for three of the six task force members.
“Undermining Suhakam’s findings is the goal of the task force,” CAGED claimed in a statement Monday (July 1).
It claimed that the profiles of the task force members and the absence of respected, professional investigators with police powers to gather evidence from inside and outside the police force show that the task force is designed to undermine Suhakam’s findings.
The three individuals in question are former High Court judge Datuk Abd Rahim Uda, Royal Malaysian Police Integrity and Standard Compliance Department director Datuk Zamri Yahya and former head of Bukit Aman’s legal division Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Noor.
CAGED said despite Muhyiddin’s claims that Mokhtar’s appointment was acceptable because he only attended one open session in Suhakam’s inquiry, records show that Mokhtar was responsible for the entirety of the police case presented at the inquiry.
“During the final oral submissions, he addressed the Inquiry Panel 32 times on behalf of PDRM,” it said.
CAGED called on the Cabinet and lawmakers to act on the “serious shortfalls” in Muhyiddin’s decision and called for Abd Rahim, Zamir and Mokhtar to be removed.
It said the government focus must shift to investigating all perpetrators and investigate Suhakam’s findings that the police were involved in the alleged enforced disappearances.
“CAGED calls upon the government to act courageously to dismantle the deep state that is battling to protect police impunity in Malaysia,” it said, urging the government to reform PDRM.
“The Cabinet can, of course, choose to be as deaf, aloof and lame as Muhyiddin and his Barisan Nasional predecessors in the face of abuse of power by the police.
“If it makes this choice, the Cabinet will confirm the public’s growing conviction that the Pakatan government is not serious about police reform,” it added.
– The Star