Gobind: What happened to MACC’s Ops Gopi?


PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Gobind Singh is curious to know what happened to Ops Gopi, the anti-graft crackdown on vice and gambling centres in Melaka that began in May and which saw several police personnel being detained.

The Puchong MP said he wanted an explanation from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the fate of the operation that it led, as it had been two months since the arrests were made.

“So why has everything gone silent all of a sudden?” he said.

“The MACC should acknowledge that this is a case which has generated great public interest and therefore there must be an update as to what has become of it.

“The MACC must explain if action has been taken and if so, what action. If no action has been taken, then tell us why not,” he said in a statement today.

Gobind, who is also DAP’s legal bureau chairman, said the agency must also state if the probe had extended to Bukit Aman and, if it did, what transpired, as the integrity of the force was at stake.

“If there is concern that members of the force have been compromised, then it is crucial for these officers to be removed immediately and action must be taken against them.

“If nothing is done and all is silent, then members of the public will lose confidence in Bukit Aman,” he said, adding that the criminal justice system in the country would suffer as a result.

He said such complaints would impact on the ability of policemen to act impartially and professionally in the execution of their duties.

Gobind added that if officers implicated in the illegal activities had done nothing wrong, they must be cleared.

He said this is necessary for their personal reputations as well as that of Bukit Aman.

He said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar must also state what became of any internal inquiry into the matter, if they were held.

The Sarawak Report website had claimed to be in possession of documents from sources indicating that Gopinathan Krishnan, the main suspect arrested in May as the key “intermediary”’ in a major police protection racket for vice activities in Melaka, was in direct telephone contact with Khalid.

It said Gopinathan had contacted Khalid’s brother-in-law, Mohd Isa Hussin, who allegedly ran a business selling firearms and accessories, Nilai Arms.

It was revealed previously that Khalid’s daughter held a majority share in the venture.