PKR deputy president asks why Penang police chief wants to hear an apology.
SERI KEMBANGAN: Azmin Ali of Parti Keadilan Rakyat has questioned the police in asking him to apologise for his widely-reported ‘barua’ remark about the Inspector-General.
Azmin, deputy president of PKR, asked why is there a need to apologise, when he had only asked a question about IGP Khalid Abu Bakar’s behaviour.
“Since when do we need to apologise for something we ask, in the form of a question?” he said today, commenting on a statement by Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
Rahim said earlier this week that police would initiate investigations against Azmin if he did not apologise within a week.
While campaigning for the Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the Permatang Pauh by-election, Azmin had asked whether Khalid was an Umno lackey.
“I am only asking a question…in the form of question. It (the question) should be answered first,” he added.
Azmin said that he had gathered all recordings of his speech and sent them to his lawyers. “I am ready,” he added.
He was reported to have used the word “barua” or lackey when raising questions about the Inspector-General’s actions in ordering arrests of Opposition politicians, activists and other political critics of the Umno-Barisan Nasional administration.
Khalid had said he regarded the use of the word as being “extreme” and the president of the Senior Police Officers Association had said police officers had been hurt and deeply angered. “Insulting the IGP means insulting all the policemen in Malaysia,” the association’s president Shah Ghazali Khan Shahadat was reported to have said.
Former police officers have lodged reports against Azmin for his campaign remarks.