IGP Hits Out At Al Jazeera Over Report On Illegal Rally

November 13, 2007  
KUCHING, Nov 13 (Bernama) — Inspector- General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan today criticised Al Jazeera for potraying police as having used force to quell an illegal rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

He said the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) representative who witnessed the rally had stated that police abided by the rules and did not use any weapon or force on the protesters.
“Its (Al Jazeera’s) claim was not right. Suhakam was there and saw that police did not use force and had acted professionally.
“It was merely a propaganda (by Al Jazeera) to give the country a bad name,” he told reporters after visiting the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) at Km24 Jalan Borneo Heights, near here, today.
Yesterday, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin hit out at Al Jazeera for what he claimed as an attempt to hoodwink the international community with a one-sided report on the illegal assembly.
He said his ministry would send a formal letter to censure Al Jazeera over the report.
Musa, meanwhile, said so far, police had not received any information on any demonstration being organised in Sarawak, but police would keep monitoring.
“We will take stern action against the organisers of any illegal assembly for we do not want what had happened to recur,” he said.