As a follow-up to my post “The prince, the lady and the policeman“, sources now say it is the royal family from Johor ( a commentator on the post including some journalists have mentioned it). However, this fact need to be verified before blogsville is a buzz with more rumours.
Now, we hope the newspapers who were said to be “an authority on the truth“, provide us with some verification. However, it has dealt poorly with the report – not mentioning the five important elements in a story – who, what, where, when and how. We were provided with none, except that the lady was a two-timer, an adulteress and the report was lodged at Bukit Aman. Doesn’t it look more like rumour mongering then? (sorry, my dear Fathi Aris Omar, but this is the basis of reporting or else the story is just not worth a print, at least that is what I have learnt).
In a story, I would also include “how come?”. Like how come no police station accepted the woman’s report and how come her married lover who is said to be a narcotics unit police man was said to be transferred immediately to Sarawak?
Well if it is the Johor prince, then I would say that the royal family in that state is no stranger to such ordeals. Here, I am not confirming that it is the Johor prince. But I would like to go back in time because it seems there were instances where the royal family acted out of line but impunity reigns supreme.
For example, in October 2005, a Johor royal was reported to have been arrested after he and his friends crashed into a wedding party of a Brazilian couple. There were about 100 foreigners.
A fight broke out and the foreigners were attacked with golf clubs and sharp objects, the Straits Times said without elaborating.
The report said that:
” Several foreigners were hospitalised with injuries, the report said. Police arrested the royal family member and three other men.The report did not give the names of the alleged attackers or of the wedding party.Johor police chief Mohamad Amir Sulaiman confirmed that a member of the Johor royal family was among the four people arrested but declined to give details“.
The King himself is a”controversial figure in Malaysia“. He was dismissed as Crown Prince in 1961 by his father after being found guilty of assault in the Malaysian courts and sentenced to imprisonment. His crown was restored when his father died.While he was Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Iskandar created further controversy by assaulting a golf caddy. He also assaulted hishockey coach and teacher, Mr Douglas Gomez (1940–1999). This led to a constitutional crisis between the government and the Malay Rulers which culminated in the removal of the legal immunity from prosecution of all the rulers in March 1993.
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who is part of the royal blood himself, has written at length about the royal family way back in 2005. See here. However, the Sultan of Johor is a great supporter of Pak Lah. How would this relationship be beneficial to the royal family, one would ask? Were there instances where it has indeed benefited the royal family? I am not sure.
But it is indeed well-known that the police comes directly under the powers of the prime minister. Which brings me back to the question: who has the ultimate power to transfer a policeman out of town in 24 hours? Can his boss do it without the approval of someone high and mighty?
The police should do well to clear its name. The force, while having done many courageous acts, have been also criticised and condemned on many others, especially cases of political significance.
Boasting a 200 year service anniversary on Sunday, the Royal Malaysian Police Force has fallen short of my expectations.