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Why was Datuk Seri not in lock-up attire, DAP asks IGP

 | November 18, 2017

DAP assemblyman questions if rule on lock-up attire applies differently to different people.

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DAP representatives displaying photos of those in remand, who were made to wear lock-up attire.

PETALING JAYA: The DAP wants the country’s top cop to clarify why a millionaire ‘Datuk Seri’ was not made to wear lock-up attire despite being arrested and remanded a few times recently.

Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San said he wanted Inspector-General of Police Mohd Fuzi Harun to give him an answer since the earlier statement he issued on the matter had gone unanswered.

“Why is ‘Datuk Seri’ Liow Soon Hee, who has been remanded and arrested a few times, receiving different treatment, unlike other detainees who are made to wear lock-up uniforms?

“In fact, the attire that he wore was a company uniform. I don’t know if it is some kind of promotion or publicity stunt. There shouldn’t be different treatment for anyone.

“Previously, there were many high-profile personalities who were remanded, be it by the police or the MACC, and they all wore lock-up attire,” he said today at Pusat Khidmat ADUN Kampung Tunku.

Lau cited former Felda chairman Mohamed Isa Samad, who was remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in investigations into the purchase of a hotel in London by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC). He said Isa was also made to wear orange lock-up attire.

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Collection of photos of those in lock-up attire and the ‘Datuk Seri’, who was allowed to wear a company uniform instead.

“Those high-profile personalities were made to wear lock-up attire even for remand when no charges had been made against them yet. Why is it different for the ‘Datuk Seri’?

“We are going to make a formal request to see the IGP in order to have a discussion about this,” Lau said.

Also at the press conference today was Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who said the police had led Malaysians to believe that all detainees under remand were treated equally.

“In many previous remand cases, the detainees are made to wear lock-up uniforms. Malaysians must have thought that it was applicable to everyone who is remanded.

“But suddenly, the ‘Datuk Seri’ was dressed up in a nice company uniform, even though he has been arrested a few times at different police stations. Why is that? Has there been changes made in lock-up attire rules?

“Just a few days ago, a farmer was arrested for sharing a video deemed insulting to MCA Youth chief and Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

“The man was made to wear lock-up attire when he was remanded for two days.

“It means the code for lock-up attire is still the same. We are not accusing anyone, but we are asking for the relevant authorities to come forward and give us an explanation,” Lim said.

Liow was charged at the Ampang Sessions Court over his alleged assault of three Rela personnel outside a Chinese temple on Oct 27.

After posting bail, he was rearrested outside the courthouse by police for a 2014 drug-related offence and faced two new charges related to drugs in two separate courts on Nov 6.

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