As expected by all and sundry, there are stories now that the police report lodged against the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Johor for allegedly assaulting a 21-year old woman last month had just been withdrawn. Rockybru has an anonymous comment on the matter in his blog.
It seemed like a natural state of affairs as blog stories regarding the matter travelled high up in the echelons of society and politics.
On April 4, Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang handed to the Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Johari Baharun and Deputy Speaker Datuk Lim Si Cheng a set of four blog stories, including this one, which carried postings of how no police station in Johore was willing to accept a police report on the alleged involvement of a Johor royalty in the physical assault case of a woman. The stories, based on a newspaper report also alleged top level abuse of power as the alleged married lover of the harassed woman, a policeman, was purportedly transfered to another state.
According to Lim, When Johari was winding up the debate on behalf of the Internal Security Ministry in the Royal Address debate on Wednesday, he had given assurance
that the police would accept reports lodged by the public and act on them.
“Johari had said that he was not aware of the matter, although he had earlier
spoken of cybercops appointed to monitor blogs,” said Lim.
Now that Johari has the four set of reports, it is time he gave, not only Parliament a report, but the tax-paying public an answer, of why no police station
was prepared do its duty to accept a police report just because a member of
the royalty was involved, but also the outcome of police investigations.
It is also time the police chief spoke about the matter instead of supervising cyber cops to patrol blogs. Are you sure they are patrolling blogs or some “illegal websites”? And if there were doing their duty, why was the minister not informed about the matter which has been buzzing away in cyberspace?
Or else, do you blame us for believing on an unverified source, like an anonymous commentator’s comment that the police report had been drawn?