PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli is mulling the lodging of a police report against the top cop, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar, for his failure to act on past police reports lodged against tycoon Jho Low and other individuals linked to the 1MDB scandal.
Rafizi said this inaction of the police was in contrast to their swift action on reports against critics of the 1MDB scandal, including himself.
“I was contacted by Inspector Haniff from the Sungai Buloh district police station late last night, telling me that I am being investigated for my speech outside the Sungai Buloh Prison on Aug 10, during the gathering to celebrate (jailed former opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim’s 69th birthday.
“I was also informed that the investigation papers will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor this Thursday, Aug 25,” the Pandan MP said in a statement.
The police, Rafizi said, were also quick to arrest students from the #TangkapMO1 coalition at the Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Seri Iskandar campus last Saturday.
Actions that don’t help police image
“In a situation where the people’s anger towards (Prime Minister) Najib Razak is still mounting over various exposes on scandals involving public funds linked to 1MDB, actions seen as being harsh on any criticisms of 1MDB and Najib do not help the image of the police force.
“And what more when the same actions were not taken on various police reports lodged over the years against the main individuals behind 1MDB,” he said.
Rafizi cited Khalid’s excuse that the police were waiting for outcome of the Auditor-General’s report, as well as the Public Accounts Committee probe into 1MDB, before deciding on their next course of action.
“The IGP appears to have forgotten that I had personally lodged two police reports against the main individuals behind 1MDB, after the Auditor-General’s Report was revealed to the public.
“This means both of my police reports have fulfilled criteria set by the IGP, on actions that could be taken following findings of the Auditor-General’s Report,” he said.
Rafizi said his reports were lodged against 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy and the state investment fund’s top management on March 30, as well as against Jho Low on April 18.
However, he said, to date there has been no arrest made and little information on the progress of the police investigations.