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Hanif: Public apathy on Bersih 3.0 inquiry

July 11, 2013

Tun Hanif Omar said he was disappointed because the publioc refused to to cooperate on the basis that the panel cannot be credible.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Hanif Omar, chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel on Bersih 3.0, said he was disappointed over public’s apathy for failing to testify in the probe to an electoral reform rally in April 2012.
The former inspector-general of police said members of the public and Opposition parties did not give full support, as they doubted the panel’s credibility.

“I was disappointed because we are seeking the truth, but the main actors here refused to cooperate on the basis that the panel cannot be credible.

“We openly called everyone to come. There were those who we invited to come but were persuaded (by certain quarters) not to come,” Hanif told the media in Putrajaya yesterday.

The government-appointed panel presented their 500-page report on the rally to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at his ministry.

The rally in Kuala Lumpur, was organsied by the Coalition for Clean and Fair elections and backed by Pakatan Rakyat, all demanding electoral reforms.

Following wide-spread condemnation, the government appointed an independent panel to look into the alleged police brutality.

Hanif did not elaborate on their findings, but stressed the report differed from Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia’s probe that focused primarily on human rights violations, while theirs was based on the entire episode.

“Our report to the government gives a true picture, before, during and after the event. The panel is satisfied with the report. It is up to the Cabinet to release to the public,” he said.

The panel interviewed a total of 45 witnesses to compile the report, which included 22 policemen, four Election Commission officers, two Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd emplo-yees, eight media personnel and five members of the public.

He said only a PAS member gave testimony to the panel.

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