Wednesday, September 25, 2013

So wrong for the government, police and even media to brand the 124 persons shot dead by police as criminals - all are innocent till proven guilty

It is so wrong to brand them as 'criminals', and this is something the police, media and government must realise. Every person is innocent until proven guilty - and it is not uncommon for the Malaysia to justify the killings by claiming that all those who were shot dead are criminals. In fact all that the police can say is that they are 'suspects' - nothing more.

It is a great injustice to allege or call a shot dead by police victim a CRIMINAL - knowing that the dead cannot defend themselves. So, please stop this.

There is also to date no independent inquiry on all these shooting incidents ...and there have been some allegations that these police actions were unjustified, if not against the law.

Police shot dead 124 criminals since 2009

The police shot dead a total of 124 criminals from 2009 to August this year, with Malays recording the highest at 56.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that of the remainder, 41 were Indians, Chinese (23) and the rest non-Malay bumiputras.

During the period, 898 unlicenced firearms were seized, including 319 semi-automatic guns, revolvers (120), rifles (22), shotguns (84), hand-grenades (31), air guns (105), pump-action shotguns (20), sub-machine guns (four) and home made guns (193).

Ahmad Zahid said this in a written reply to a question by Lim Lip Eng (DAP Segambut) who wanted to know the latest statistics on cases of criminal shootings and seizure of firearms.

Meanwhile, he also told the Dewan Rakyat that in the 6P integrated operation from Sept 1 to 16, a total of 4,356 illegal immigrants were detained, with Indonesians making up the highest number, followed by Myanmar and Bangladesh.

- Bernama - Malaysiakini, 24/9/2013, Police shot dead 124 criminals since 2009

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