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Thursday May 23, 2013 MYT 12:47:00 PM
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PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng has taken Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to task for “wasting time” investigating DAP founding member Dr Chen Man Hin for allegedly conspiring to create public disorder when he should be focusing on waging war against crime.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party was shocked that the police found it necessary to investigate the innocent actions of an 86-year-old who supposedly conspired to create public disorder when he used the term “Malaysia Spring” in a private e-mail correspondence over a year ago.
It was reported that Chen was called in for questioning for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government through street demonstrations similar to those that had occurred in several Middle Eastern countries and had been labelled the Arab Spring.
“The investigation is clearly to victimise and humiliate a DAP leader. Even if the charge to topple the government was true, why is the investigation carried out now after more than a year when, clearly, there has been no effort to overthrow the government?” Lim said in a statement.
He said questioning Dr Chen on a baseless charge showed how Khalid practised double-standards.
Lim hit out at this “ridiculous” move, saying it would only waste police resources and effort when these should be used to fight the rising crime instead.
Pointing out that even the sisters of the Deputy Prime Minister and Khalid himself had fallen victim to incidents of crime recently, Lim urged the police to instead focus on making the streets and the people's homes safer.
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