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Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 1:55:07 PM
SEPANG: It is all systems go for PKR vice-president N. Surendran to follow the police on their operations to nab culprits involved in gun-related crimes.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar commended Surendran for taking up the offer to have a first hand look at the difficulties police face in dealing with dangerous criminals.
“He and his lawyer have already spoken to Federal CID director Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah regarding the indemnity documents he needs to sign.
“The reason for this is so that we are not held responsible should anything happen during a raid,” he told reporters yesterday.
Last Friday, Khalid tweeted that the police force was offering Surendran a chance to have a taste of what it would feel like to be confronted by armed criminals.
The offer came about as the Padang Serai MP had been a vocal critic against alleged use of excessive force and unlawful shootings by the police.
Yesterday, Khalid said he was not worried about leaks on operation details as Surendran would only be informed at the last moment before the raid was carried out.
“He had better be ready to receive calls in the wee hours of the morning to follow us.
“This invitation is strictly only for Surendran.
“We will not allow any other ministers or YBs to tag along, now or in future,” he said.
When contacted, Surendran said he was not dismissing the fact that the police were at risk during their course of duty.
“But the point I’m trying to make is they can’t use excessive force and shoot unlawfully,” he said, adding that he believed there were rogue officers.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi lauded the arrangement between the two parties and said he hoped Surendran would be able to “see for himself” following accusations that the police were trigger-happy.
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