I don’t know if you know about Bentong Kali, a notorious gangster who was killed by the Police. That was some years back. While discussing this with a friend who is in the know, he said Kali was killed because he knew much about the Policemen and that he was better dead as otherwise he would reveal some sordid details of some high Police officers.
Now we are told that 6 men were killed by the Police in Kulim Kedah. One of them was a well known businessman. The others were his workers and friends. Three women were arrested, and it will be good to know what the story is.
I think our leaders should wake from their sleep and investigate this case to get to the root. Were the 6 criminals shot, as claimed by the Police justified or not. Who knows one day these leaders may face the same situation as the criminals if no complete investigation is done.
By Neville Spykerman
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Four lawmakers are demanding police explain yesterday’s shooting of six suspected criminals, all of who are from the Indian community, in Karangan Kulim, Kedah.
Padang Serai MP N.Gobalakrishnan said the men aged between 20 and 50-years-old were shot dead by a police team from Bukit Aman.
Gobalakrishnan told reporters in Parliament that among the dead were R.Elanggo, who is a distant relative of a former MIC assemblyman.
“His father is a goldsmith and Elanggo had a shop which deals with used computers.”
The others were Elanggo’s workers and friends.
Gobalakrishanan said the police should explain why they had to kill them and if procedures were followed.
“I been dozens of phone calls from the public who are concerned about the shooting last night.”
Kubang Kerian MP Dr Hatta Ramli said the police cannot just justify away their actions by saying they were criminals or they were shot at before they opened fire and killed all six.
He said they need to prove that their actions were lawful.
Batu MP Tian Chua said the incident will further erode public confidence in the police.
“This is the reason why an Independent Police Misconduct and Complaints (IPMC) Commission should be set up.”
Meanwhile Kulim Bandar Bahru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin said the people in Kulim are shocked over what has happened.
“The police are alleging the men were suspected criminals who shot at police and two pistols were found at the scene.”
However he said that everyone in Karangan town knew Elanggo as a computer accessory shop owner while the others were his workers or his friends.
Zulkifli said local are uneasy over what has happened and want to know why and how they were shot dead and if there was abuse or negligence on the part of the police in the shooting.
“In fairness to everybody concerned and the public and to avoid misunderstanding or allegations, an independent inquiry should be held into the shootings.”
Meanwhile Bernama today reported that the six were suspected armed robbers and involved in crimes in several states.
Four women, aged between 21 and 28, were arrested in the house Kampung Kemunting, Karangan, in Kulim where the shootout occurred and the premises was used for illegal gold smelting, Bernama reported.
Kedah police chief Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the incident happened at 10.10pm and 10 policemen were involved in the raid at the house.