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Gerakan slams IGP over threatening remarks. Press statement by Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow

Gerakan today slammed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan for threatening to pull the police off the road in response to NGOs’ criticisms over the death of 15-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah, saying “such a nasty response is unacceptable.”

Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow said the country’s top cop should take public criticisms and remarks in good faith.

Teng said Musa should not make threatening remarks just because he couldn't stomach the criticisms made by non-governmental organizations over the boy’s death.

“Such criticisms and remarks by the public were made for the further improvement of the police force,” said Teng in a statement.

Teng said Musa’s remarks were unprofessional and could be construed as threatening the public for questioning the incident which is a cause of public interest.

On Thursday, Musa had reportedly said “if you do not want the police to enforce the law, then say so. Let me know so that I can tell my men to not take any action, including conducting inspections on vehicles or arresting Mat Rempits who ride without licences.' 

Teng urged the Cabinet to censure Musa for making such a threat.

He said the IGP should give confidence to the people that the police force would do its best to maintain law and order. 

“On Aminulrasyid Amzah case, Gerakan wants the investigation into his death to proceed without fear or favour. We hope the IGP would not be emotional when dealing public criticisms,” Teng said.