Call on Abdullah to put off Ops Warta II to ensure that Malaysia is not turned into a police state or public interests and convenience victimised

Media Statement 
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya,  Thursday): The Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should exercise his public duty to stop the police from turning the country upsidedown with the nation-wide Ops Warta II where thousands of police  personnel would put up roadblocks,  conduct house-to-house searches, ambush car parks of commercial buildings and shopping complexes  to track down  offenders with outstanding 3.3 million traffic summons which have not been settled. 

Federal traffic police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Bahrin Idrus said yesterday that no one can claim that he or she is being victimised, and that it is important to create awareness among road users that they have to settle their summonses immediately when they receive them either personally or through mail. 

While no one disputes that errant motorists and motorcylists have to respect the law and the traffic offence notice, the police must always be mindful of the rule of law in the country and  it is even more important that the country should not be turned into a police state and public interests and convenience victimised  with police manning road blocks at strategic places creating or aggravating traffic congestions, mount house-to-house searches, stage ambushes at public car-parks to be followed by arrest-on-sight operations - which is not only calculated to create panic but give a “black eye” to Malaysia’s international reputation as a civil and civilised society! 

Abdullah should step in immediately to put off  the launching of Ops Warta II to allow adequate time for the settlement of outstanding summonses, as the events of the past few days, where there was chaos and pandemonium arising from the inability of the police to cope with the rush to settle traffic summonses, is not a complimentary reflection of police efficiency.  

Abdullah should direct the police to have a dialogue with political parties, consumer groups, trade unions, the Bar Council and other interested NGOs to ensure that the country is not turned upside-down into a police state by Ops Warta II to effect the settlement of the outstanding traffic summones.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman