|Harakahdaily,||28 June 2013|
Home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, failing to strike out a suit over an alleged assault, and inspector general of police Khalid Abu Bakar, recently found liable in a custodial death case, are complicating the BN government’s attempt to restore confidence in the system.
DUO IN TROUBLE … Zahid (L) and Khalid
Yesterday, Zahid’s attempt to strike out an assault suit filed against him by businessman Amir Bazli Abdullah met a dead end after his appeal was rejected by the Federal Court, opening the way for Zahid to face trial in the High Court on August 26.
While the recently-promoted Khalid suffered a personal blow after High Court judge V.T. Singham found him responsible for the death of A. Kugan in 2009.
“Both the Home minister and the IGP seemed to be trapped in a lock-step, with neither able to assert full authority over the other because each has a skeleton in the cupboard.
“Is this the way for the Barisan Nasional government to restore national and international confidence in the key institutions in the country after the 13th General Election,” asked DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang.
Lim said all eyes were now on prime minister Najib Razak’s next course of action to settle such ‘hazy’ situation of accountability, integrity and good governance.
“(Would) he terminate, suspend or ask both Zahid and Khalid to take leave of absence from their offices until both of them have cleared themselves of the serious charges and allegations of improprieties and wrongdoings made against them,” he asked.
Meanwhile, two days after delivering the Kugan judgement, in which he called for the immediate setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission to address police wrongdoings, judge Singham opted for early retirement.