Minister to be summoned


KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will call up several individuals, including a minister, who were alleged to have defamed controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, says Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed.

He said the police would record their statements to assist in their investigation.

“We previously informed them to come forward but they have not done so.

“We will definitely ensure their statements are recorded by next week (this week). We want to wrap up the investigation as soon as possible,” he told a press conference after a visit by Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar to Bukit Aman’s Special Action Unit yesterday.

Zakir has previously lodged a report against Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and former ambassador Dennis J. Ignatius, as having made defamatory statements against him.

On the investigation into Zakir’s alleged racially-charged statements during a talk in Kelantan, Comm Huzir said the investigation papers had been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further action.“We are waiting for the AG’s Chambers to make a decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the issue of Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, who is being sought after in connection with a brawl in Ampang on Merdeka night, Comm Huzir said the police were using every available resource to track him down.“We are aware that the victim has withdrawn his police report of the incident, but Farhash must still come forward as the prime suspect in the case.

“We are using various means to track him down, including checking Immigration Department records.

“We hope to apprehend him soon,” he said.

Asked whether the victim was intimidated into withdrawing his report, Comm Huzir said police would record the complainant’s statement on the matter as well.

“Investigations are still ongoing and Farhash must surrender as soon as possible.

“We will refer the investigation papers to the Attorney General’s Chambers once it is concluded,” he said.

It was reported that Farhash, who is also PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary, said he would help police in their investigations into the brawl on Aug 31 after he was made aware of a police report on the matter in which his brother was named.

The fight on Aug 31 started when one man pushed another at a sports complex in Ampang. The management was, however, able to stop the fight from escalating.

Unfortunately, the matter didn’t end there. The two men met again at the venue’s motorcycle parking lot and were later joined by 10 other men.There, the victim was attacked with helmets, knives and chairs.

Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat had said the victim’s friends tried their best to help but failed and the victim suffered injuries to his waist and genitals.

The case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for possessing weapons or missiles at a riot.
   

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