He said: "The extent of his involvement, we have not determined yet. He was detained because he was a member of Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia."
He said that before the existence of the group, attempts to bomb certain places or attack police stations were unheard of. But now, such cases were on the rise and these included the murder of a Barisan Nasional Assemblyman for Lunas, Dr. Joe Fernandez.
This is the first time that any government leader had directly pinned the killing of Joe Fernandez on any particular person or group - although in June, when Norian Mai announced the arrest of nine “suspected militants” following the botched Southern Bank robbery in Petaling Jaya on May 18, this group was implicated in Joe Fernandez’s murder as well as 17 major criminal cases including murders, attempted murders, mayhem and robberies reported since 1998.
Since the government is now so certain as to the person or persons responsible for the killing of Joe Fernandez, the police should explain why nobody has been charged for his murder although the government has virtually pinned the responsibility on the KMM.
Is the the IGP prepared to make a full public statement on the outcome of police investigations into the murder of Joe Fernandez?
If the government and police have no proof of the killer or killers responsible for the murder of Joe Fernandez which could withstand public scrutiny, it would be most unfair to use it to create the political atmosphere to justify the latest resort to the infamous detention-without-trial ISA law.