Video issue ruled not urgent to warrant debate

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 30 Nov 2005

A SECOND bid by the Opposition to debate what they termed the gadis lokap (lock-up girl) controversy failed when Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib ruled that the issue was of no urgency. 

Ramli said the video clip showing a nude woman doing ear squats while under police custody was already being investigated by the Government. 

Rejecting the motion by Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh), he said: “The Government has already announced that an independent body will be set up to investigate the matter.” 

Ramli, however, agreed that the matter was specific and of public interest. 

Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar was supposed to have revealed everything about the police investigation on gadis lokap yesterday, but this did not happen following the rejection of the motion. 

On Monday, Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) tried to get Kok’s motion to be debated that day itself but Ramli decided that her motion could only be up for consideration yesterday because it did not meet the 24-hour notice then. 

Kok, who was disappointed that her motion was rejected, said she might submit another to seek a RM10 pay cut from the Inspector-General of Police. 

At a press conference, Lim said Ramli’s decision was a reflection of Parliament’s failure to “shake off a decades-old mentality of being a government department”. 

“Under the doctrine of separation of powers, Parliament’s role and responsibility to oversee the executive, whether the police or Cabinet, cannot be displaced or denied by whatever the Government is doing or proposes to do,” he said. 

Lim suggested the setting up of two independent inquiries – one as a precursor of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission and the other into immigration abuses. 

“These two inquiries should not only look separately into allegations of mistreatment of Chinese nationals but also all foreigners as well as Malaysians. Allegations of abuses and excesses of power have also implicated the Immigration Department,” he said.  

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