KUALA LUMPUR: DAP has instructed all of its women and Youth state committees to lodge police reports against Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for his apparent refusal to comply with Civil Court orders in inter-faith custodial cases.
"The DAP CEC instructs all DAP Wanita and DAP Youth state committees to lodge police reports against the IGP for being in contempt of the Federal Constitution and for gross failure to perform his statutory role by refusing to enforce and comply with civil court orders on child custody cases," its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement, Saturday.
He said the decision was made at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Friday night, following Khalid's statement that the police would not enforce orders from both Syariah and Civil Courts concerning custody battles between Muslim and non-Muslim parents.
Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said that the IGP's refusal to comply with civil courts orders was a "breach of statutory duty".
"He has forgotten that one of the police duties under Section 20 of the Police Act 1967 is to execute any orders of summons, subpoenas, warrants, etc, legally issued by the courts," he said.
Khalid had previously suggested that the children involved in recent custody battles between Muslim and non-Muslim parents be placed under the care of the Welfare Department until the courts sort out the issues.
His statement was in reference to the cases of Muslim convert Izwan Abdullah against his ex-wife S. Deepa in Negri Sembilan and kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gadhi against her former husbad Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah in Perak.
In both cases, the men had converted the children without the knowledge of their wives, with both women claiming custody of their children.
Lim, at a press conference after attending the DAP's annual political retreat here, said the party's legal advisor and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo would be filing police report in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.