New IGP, Tan Sri Ismail Omar: Be Your Own Man and Do the Right Thing
I am also writing this piece to remind the new IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar that it is time he becomes his own man. It is time he stops being over polite and attributing his rise to Musa Hassan. It is time, he distances himself from Musa Hassan’s terrible record as an IGP. It is time he stops saying that he will continue with Musa Hassan’s work or legacy.
Just as Malaysians are revolted by Abdullah Badawi’s tenure as Prime Minister and want that time in history to be forgotten, similarly the men in blue and Malaysians generally are eager that the PDRM must be purged of any remnant of the abuses and ills that Musa Hassan had left behind. The sooner Ismail Omar erases the stains left by Musa Hassan the better.
As it is, PDRM under the new IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar has started winning public support and admiration with the lightning speed with which the Sosilawati murder is being solved. Malaysians are a forgiving lot and badly want to give Ismail Omar a chance to prove himself. Malaysians want a crime free country where PDRM is once again restored as the primary law enforcement agency.
Malaysians want the new IGP to instil in the PDRM officers the will and culture to act in accordance with the Rule of Law. Malaysians want the IGP to act like the No. 1 Law Enforcement Officer of the country without fear or favour, and act less like a politician which Musa Hassan was. Malaysians want the IGP to break PDRM away from being one of the Unholy Trinity that it once was with the AG Gani Patail and the MACC.
Malaysians want the PDRM to be a check and balance to the AG and the MACC so that none can conspire to kill innocent witnesses like Teoh Beng Hock and then attempt to cover up the killing with such impunity. Or fix innocent citizens and professionals like Dato’ Ramli or Lawyer Rosli Dahlan. Or be a tool of oppression to stifle opposition leaders like the prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim in Sodomy I and Sodomy II. Or be an apparatus to depose a democratically elected opposition government as had happened in Perak. These are not unrealistic demands. These are legitimate expectations of a civil society. These are achievable if those entrusted with powers do not abuse them. IGP Ismail Omar can fulfil all of these expectations if he consciously stops emulating his predecessor, that despicable man named Musa Hassan.
Musa Hassan is gone and this should be a reminder to AG Gani that his misuse and abuse of powers cannot be perpetuated forever. I am reminding the AG Gani Patail this because Rosli’s case will be called again on Thursday September 30, 2010. Dato’ Ramli has been fully acquitted. Therefore there is no reason to just prolong this matter against Rosli. The honourable thing to do is to withdraw and apologise.
The public can clearly see this is nothing more than vindictive persecution of an innocent man. Just because the AG Gani Patail is vested with absolute prosecution powers under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution, it does not mean that he can use it as a tool to ictimize a professional who dared question his abuses and defend a civil servant whom AG Gani and ex-IGP Musa Hassan had conspired to eliminate.
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