White Paper on Terrorism should explain why Malaysian government has not put JI and KMM members on trial for the “inhumane and despicable crimes” they were alleged to have committed in Malaysia
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The Government should table a White Paper on Terrorism in Parliament next month, detailing the activities and connections of the alleged Kumpulan Militant Malaysia (KMM), Jemaah Islamiyah and al-Qaeda in Malaysia, including the roles of Hambali, the identity of Malaysians who are currently in US custody and the country’s international profile and notoriety for being associated with international terrorism.
The White Paper should explain why the Malaysian government has not put KMM and JI members on trial for the “inhumane and despicable crimes” they were alleged to have committed in Malaysia.
During the Ketari by-election in May 2002, the Barisan Nasional came out with a leaflet which alleged that the crimes committed by KMM and JI members included:
· May 18, 2001, robbed Southern Bank at Jalan Gasing in Petaling Jaya;
· Feb 3, 2001, four men attempted an arm heist at a police station in Kedah but failed;
· Dec 14, 2000, robbed Hong Leong Bank in Petaling Jaya;
· Robbed a total of 15 different supermarkets in Shah Alam hus far;
· Dec 25, 2000, attacked a church with bombs on Christmas Day;
· Killed an Indian married couple along Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur in 2000;
· Pelting a video game arcade in Klang in 2000;
· Oct 25, 2000, attempted to bomb a Hindu temple in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur (on Deepavali);
· Nov 4, 2000, assassinated Lunas state assembly representative Dr Joe Fernandez
If the Indonesian authorities can put those responsible for the Bali bomb blasts last October which killed over 200 people, why is the Malaysian government lagging behind Indonesian government in putting on trial those responsible for heinous crimes like murder and bombings?
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman