PSM to police: Focus on improving service, not intimidating critics

PARTI Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) today criticised the police for raiding the office of Freedom Film Network (FFN) and cartoonist Amin Landak’s house for his animated film, entitled Chilli Powder and Thinner.

“The irony of the whole episode is that it’s happening while we are fighting a deadly pandemic, with three people committing suicides a day, on average.

“Our hospitals are being overwhelmed with the massive number of COVID-19 cases and the rakyat are seeking help by raising the white flag.

“And in these circumstances, what does the police do? They carry out the most non-essential duty, which is to raid a non-governmental organisation’s (NGO) office and cartoonist’s house,” its deputy chairperson S Arutchelvan to FocusM.

Yesterday, the police raided Amin and the FFN’s office shortly after questioning them at Bukit Aman, at 2.30pm over the three-minute animated film, which highlights a case of police brutality on detainees.

Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and FFN had criticised the police for their high-handed approach, despite the former being cooperative with the authorities.

On that note, Arutchelvan said the police’s move was nothing new as a decade ago, they were doing the same thing with other NGOs such as Empower and Bersih, confiscating leaflets and t-shirts while arresting those involved with the groups.

“So, I implore the Royal Malaysian Police and the Home Ministry to focus on essential work. Ten years on, we have not really progressed much in human rights and policing work.

“If someone needs to be investigated, it should the police themselves on allegations of police brutality,” he remarked. – July 3, 2021.

 

Photo credit: KiniTV

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