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KUALA LUMPUR: Statements he made during a closed-door briefing in Malacca have been misconstrued by certain news portals, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, clarifying his controversial “shoot first” statement.
According to Dr Ahmad Zahid, the context of his comments referred to a case in Penang on Aug 19 when five men were killed in a police raid, saying it did not mean the police were trigger-happy.
“The police ambushed the gang members after thorough investigations.
“It is impossible to fire warning shots as all of them were armed ... One of them could have fired,” he said in an interview yesterday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said as Home Minister, he defended the police action during the briefing but his statement was misinterpreted by certain news portals.
In a statement yesterday, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said the minister’s statement was most unfortunate because Malaysia’s human rights record will be dissected at the Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council this month.
On him allegedly asking Pekida and Tiga Line (a group said to be Malay gangsters) to “carry on doing what they are doing”, Dr Ahmad Zahid said Pekida was a legal entity registered with the Registrar of Societies, while Tiga Line was a splinter group.
“We have discovered the latter is illegal, but most of its activities are centred on the welfare of its members.”
He said he had mentioned that he would instruct police to take action against Tiga Line if they were involved in crime.
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