Police must act on ‘colossal robbery’, says Ramasamy

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GEORGE TOWN: Police could have acted on the “colossal robbery” of 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s funds through evidence made available by the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report, DAP’s P Ramasamy said.

Ramasamy said despite the cache of evidence made available to the police, it was startling why Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and the Attorney-General’s office were silent about it.

“Why were the police silent then, yet assisted Prime Minister Najib Razak in removing officials who honestly discharged their duties?

“Why were certain Umno leaders removed from their posts?

“Khalid should be honest with himself and the Malaysian public. He should not delude himself and the public by saying police will not interfere in matters that are civil in nature,” he said in a statement today.

Ramasamy said despite the United States’ Department of Justice’s forfeiture claim on money allegedly laundered through its banking system, the fact remained that the parties involved had committed a criminal act.

“Khalid could have acted on the fact that public funds, funds meant for the benefit of Malaysians, were stolen through nefarious means.

“He might be the top cop in the country, but his actions and words are not in keeping with the noble tradition of the police force in acting without fear or favour.

“While those who engage in simple thefts and robberies are prosecuted, found guilty and given punishments far more excessive than their crimes, those responsible for defrauding the country are left to roam free.”

Ramasamy said police should act immediately to apprehend the culprits involved in the laundering, as the crimes had been alleged to have begun in Malaysia, before arriving on US shores.

Ramasamy lamented the police inaction goes to show that it was blind to financial atrocities committed by the ruling elite.

He said police appeared subservient to those in power, who had robbed billions of taxpayer’s money, which could have been used for development.

“The IGP should not manufacture fairy tales to justify his role.

“Is he simply beholden to those kleptocrats who exercise tremendous power by virtue of their positions?

“History will reveal that the life-span of kleptocrats is short-lived.”