by now many of you are aware of this new i’m sure…. of how some policemen turned gangsters beating up a man and robbing him. i didn’t want to blog about it earlier when it was reported in malaysiakini as it was during christmas eve and christmas day. so i’m doing it now as this is something that need to be ‘broadcast’ wide and far to let the world know.
mr chia buang hing, 34 (pic), was detained by the police at the kota damansara polic station, because the car he was driving (his wife’s) had an expired road tax. believe it or you better believe it, in the police station, he was beaten so badly until he vomited blood and he happened to have a large sum of money with him… which was taken by the police. yes the offence was simply an expired road tax, not that he try to rob a bank or wanted to murder someone. read about the incident from malaysiakini (copied below).
am i going to say this is terrible, frightening, disturbing, what in the world is happening in our country and so on? nope…. because this was not the first time such incident of policemen turning into gangsters happened. we had heard so many stories already of people being detained in police station and were beaten or tortured (oh not forget in MACC too. MACC officers too at times acted like these licensed gangsters policemen). well, the latest news now is that chia might consider some legal action against the policemen (read below).
what can we do about it? change the government! so remember if you have not registered as a voter yet, do so NOW! general election will be coming anytime next year, so it’s time for us to show our disapproval and disgust at what had been happening in our country now with the UMNO government running it.
Beaten and robbed by cops over expired road tax
Dec 24, 10
For being frank with the police, 34-year-old Chia Buang Hing was detained for five days and beaten up until he vomited blood.
The businessman, who is frame-maker, narrated the “horrific” incident today, saying that the police bashed him up, threatened and robbed him of RM13,000 in cash he was carrying – all for the expired road tax of his wife’s car that he was driving.
Chia’s (left) nightmare began about 11pm on Dec 18, as he was driving from his house in Tropicana to Kota Damansara, where traffic police had set up roadblocks.
Having spotted the expired road tax, one of the police officers asked for his driver’s licence and identification card.
It was then, he said, that the officer spotted stacks of RM50 notes, totalling RM7,000, sticking out of his pocket and demanded that he hand them over.
Chia said he refused and insisted he be issued with a summons but as the officer kept asking for the money, Chia warned that he would lodge a report. Then the assaults began.
“I tried to take his picture with my mobile phone, but I was repeatedly punched by him and two other officers.
“One of them then handcuffed me and I screamed for help (but) I was shoved inside a police car and beaten again,” he said, adding that there were several witnesses to this, including a security guard and a friend of his who was in another car.
Chia said he was carrying a total of RM18,000 that he had collected from his three frame-making shops that night, with RM10,000 in his pockets and RM8,000 in the car.
‘My money was thrown into the toilet’
The father of two said he was then taken to the police station in Kota Damansara and again assaulted.
“I was outside a toilet at the station and seven officers kicked and stepped on me until I vomited blood and sustained injuries on my face.
“Then, one police officer took the RM7,000 from my front pocket and RM3,000 from my back pocket and they threw it on the floor.”
“He (the officer) became angry when I demanded the money be returned and he threw the remainder he was holding into the toilet and hit me again.”
Chia said the police then ordered him to write a report that his sustained the injuries in a traffic accident and when he refused, they threatened to plant a blood-stained machete and drugs in his car and get him locked up for a long time.
At about 3am the following morning, he said, he was threatened by an officer that drugs would be injected into his bloodstream. He was later assaulted again, by as many as five officers, at the police station and at another place he could not identify.
One thing he managed to do, Chia said, was to leave his bloodied fingerprints in many parts of the police station that he had been dragged to.
“Only when they saw that I was barely surviving – as I had vomited blood and white foams were trickling out of my mouth – they took me to the hospital. By the time we got there, it was already 7 in the morning.
Magistrate ignored his complaints
Chia was taken to the Sungai Buloh Hospital and after that to the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court, about 10am, for a remand order against him.
He said he informed the magistrate of his ordeal but he was ignored. The magistrate ordered Chia to be remanded by police until Dec 22 on suspicion of possession of drugs and weapons.
During that period, he said, he was taken to a officer at narcotics department in the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters.
“He told me there was no case against me and called up the men who had abused me. He advised me to lodge a report and allowed me to contact my family,” Chia added.
He said that he was then released on police bail and RM5,000 was returned to him.
Segambut DAP MP Lim Lip Eng (left) assisted Chia in lodging his report at the Mutiara Damansara police station yesterday.
Lim said the investigating officer accompanied them to the Kota Damansara police station where most of the Chia’s bloodstains been removed, but there were some under a table, behind a mirror and under a cupboard, which were photographed by police.
‘Nobody is above the law’
Malaysiakini was later informed that the Selangor police contingent headquarters has officially taken over the matter.
A task force has been set up to investigate the complaint in detail. There will be no cover-up in the investigation, police said in a text message.
“Nobody is above the law. If there is evidence, the persons responsible will be charged in court,” added the contingent’s officer in-charge of criminal investigations, Mohd Adnan Abdullah.
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Robbed by cops: Businessman mulls further action
Dec 26, 10
After identifying four police officers that he alleged attacked and robbed him of RM13,000 in cash recently, businessman Chia Buang Hing mulls further action in addition to the police investigation into the matter.
Yesterday morning Chia (left) was called to the Petaling Jaya Police District Headquarters to identify his alleged assailants and to have his statement recorded.
The businessman identified four officers as being amongst those who assaulted him.
Segambut parliamentarian Lim Lip Eng, who accompanied Chia during his initial police report on the matter, told Malaysiakini when contacted today that the businessman will elaborate further on his next course of action at a press conference tomorrow afternoon.
“He will disclose further actions that he will be taking on the matter. That is the first part,”said Lim.
“The second part, he will rebut police accusations against him with regards to charges of drug possession and having a machete on him when arrested,” said the DAP elected representative.
Lim added that Chia, who is in the business of making frames, was no available for further comment today as he had returned to his hometown of Tanjung Sepat on family business, but that the press conference at 2pm tomorrow will reveal the details.
‘Possession of a machete, heroin’
Yesterday, Selangor police chief Tun Hisan Hamzah told the media in a statement that Chia was arrested under suspicion of being in possession of a machete, heroin and driving a car without a valid road tax displayed.
Chia was remanded from Dec 19 to Dec 22 for the two offences.
“I’d like to stress that the police will ensure that a fair and thorough investigation will be conducted,” assured Tun Hisan.
Malaysiakini was also informed on Friday that a special task force from the Selangor police contingent headquarters has officially taken over the investigation.
“Nobody is above the law. If there is evidence, the persons responsible will be charged in court,” added the contingent’s officer in-charge of criminal investigations Mohd Adnan Abdullah.
Suaram: Act against errant officers
Meanwhile, human rights NGO Suaram has condemned the alleged acts of the police as a serious violation of human rights, and wants the police to take action against errant members of the force involved in Chia’s case.
“The evidence is all there and it is up to the police chief to take disciplinary action against the officers who have broken the law and violated human rights,” said Suaram coordinator Yap Heng Lung in a statement yesterday.
Swift action, added Yap, is necessary if the authorities wanted to restore public confidence in the police force.
“If the government does not pay serious attention to reforming the police, then the public will continue to doubt the institution,” he said.
The NGO also called for the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to be involved in the investigation as it is not only a matter of police brutality, but also involves corruption and abuse of power.
Suaram also repeated its call for the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) be instituted to check the spread of such cases.
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