Mahathir to be asked about police brutality against Anwar at the first
day of Parliament on Oct. 20
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): When
Parliament reconvenes on Oct. 20, my first question to the Prime Minister,
Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is about the allegation of the former Deputy
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that he was beaten up by the police
when detained under the Internal Security Act.
My question is as follows:
To ask the Prime Minister the result and outcome of investigations
into the allegations by former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim of police beatings in a police lock-up in Bukit Aman when he was
first arrested on Sept. 20 while handcuffed and blindfolded until he lost
My other questions for oral answer for the forthcoming Parliamentary
meeting are as follows:
To ask the Prime Minister whether the government agrees to the establishment
of an independent inquiry, such as an All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry
Committee to investigate to the allegations that the "kin, friends and
allies" of former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had benefitted
from major government projects as well as the allegations of widespread
corruption and cronyism which the former Deputy Prime Minister had
levelled against the Prime Minister personally to ascertain the seriousness
of the problem of cronyism, corruption and nepotism (KKN) in Malaysia.
To ask the Prime Minister what are the evidence that the former Deputy
Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had been
guilty of high crimes such as being pawn of foreign powers as well
as high treason, for which he had virtually been tried and convicted by
To ask the Prime Minister to give a full breakdown of the costs of the
Prime Ministerís residence at Putrajaya, whether it costs RM200 million
as stated by the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister or
RM16.7 million as stated by the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's
Department Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman in Parliament on July 15.
To ask the Prime Minister whether the government will set up a Royal Commission
of Inquiry into police violence and brutality against detainees,
whether under the Internal Security Act or othe laws of the land, to establish
that there is the rule of law in Malaysia and that the government will
not accept or tolerate the police beating up the people while under police
To ask the Prime Minister the governmentís response to the increasing public
concern about "ever steady and increasing disregard for and erosion of
the rule of law and the principles of natural justice" as expressed in
a joint statement , entitled "The Rule of Law Under Threat" on Sept. 15,
1998 by 14 leading Malaysian civic leaders including one former Lord
President and three former Bar Council Presidents and what urgent measures
the government is taking to restore public confidence in the system of
justice and the independence of the judiciary.
To ask the Finance Minister why the government bail-out of Bank Bumiputra
involving RM1.1 billion government injection via Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
was RM350 million more than the RM750 million figure announced six months
earlier and what action have been taken against those responsible
for such colossal bank losses third time in 12 years.
To ask the Prime Minister whether the Attorney-General will re-open the
case of the former Malacca Chief Minister, Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Cik in connection
with the allegation of statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl in view of
the underaged girlís evidence in court during the trial of MP for Kota
Melaka, YB Lim Guan Eng in the Malacca High Court, on oath that she had
sex relationship with Rahim Tamby Cik when she was underaged, and in view
of the charges preferred against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for acts of unnatural
sex based on the alleged evidence of only one party.
To ask the Home Minister what steps have been taken to undertake urgent
prison reforms for a more humane treatment of prisoners, a more equitable
and attractive pay for warders and a better rehabilitation system that
encourages a criminal to turn over a new leaf instead of encouraging them
to turn to crime upon release.
To ask the Prime Minister whether there had been a full inquiry to establish
how many judges had been involved in gambling and invariably win
big sums of money when betting in golf sessions with those in the private
sector as publicly mentioned by the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah
at the end of August and the result of such an inquiry.
*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member
of Parliament for Tanjong