I won’t tolerate any police intimidation, says IGP on allegations by activists

IGP Abdul Hamid Bador fielding questions from the press, watched by Home Minister  Muhyiddin Yassin and Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has promised to look into allegations of police intimidation against two youth activists, saying that he will not tolerate such things.

“I will not allow such things to happen. No one, especially the Special Branch, is allowed to intimidate anyone because we respect freedom of speech and freedom to assemble.

“If it has happened, I will call up the particular officer,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house at the Police Training Centre here today.

Also present were Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.

On whether there will be an internal investigation, Hamid said he was unable to comment as he had yet to get full details on the matter.

“I will attend to it immediately,” he added.

Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly (KLSCAH) Youth chief Siah Kwong Liang and outgoing Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) president Wong Yan Ke claimed they were subjected to intimidation by a Bukit Aman Special Branch officer identified as “Tuan Tan”.

A news report said this incident occurred after events they organised in support of Hong Kong’s movement against a controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. They said they were called in for questioning on separate days over different events.

Siah, who was questioned by the police on June 28, said the officers were initially friendly, but when Tuan Tan entered the room midway, he applied a more intimidating-style of questioning.

“He told me: ‘The Special Branch has vast powers. I can send a letter to the Registrar of Societies to disband your society. I can call your employer and ask if they still want you to work for them. We can even influence your studies. You can’t graduate and get a job’,” Siah told The Malay Mail.

A few days later on July 3, Wong was also questioned by Tuan Tan.

“The entire (style of) questioning was intimidating. He said he can do something to prevent me from graduating.

“Later, he asked if I believed that he could transfer RM2 million into Umany’s bank account and get it disbanded for receiving illicit money,” Wong said.

Since June, Hong Kong has been rocked by at least two major protests demanding the city’s embattled chief executive, Carrie Lam, step down over the extradition bill.