Abdullah should give a statement on the existence of the shadowy police unit called Federal Investigation Team (FIT) as disclosed by ISA detainee Saari Sungib in a report to Suhakam
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should give a statement on the existence of the shadowy police unit called Federal Investigation Team (FIT) as disclosed by Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Saari Sungib in a report to Suhakam submitted by Saari’s wife, Aliza Jaafar last Friday.
In a 158-page personal account of the interrogation proceedings in the first 60 days of his ISA detention, Saari documented police interrogation methods and techniques, including police claims of the existence and function of the FIT and police boasts about having powers to determine who becomes Malaysia’s prime minister and cabinet ministers.
Saari said his police interrogator claimed that the FIT’s function was, among others, to determine the rise and fall of cabinet ministers and implied that it also had a hand in the downfall of former cabinet minister, Megat Junid Megat Ayob.
The police interrogator also claimed that the secret police outfit, FIT, is the world’s second best after MI5, Britain’s security intelligence agency. It is also known as “the guardian”, which not only advises the prime minister but also determines national security policies.
This “elite team” is said to have been established by the second Prime Minister, Tun Razak “to ensure that the country is not colonized by foreign powers and ruled by foreigners” and comprised “100 per cent of Malay Muslims because other races and non-Muslims were untrustworthy”.
The existence of the FIT is not known to anyone, including cabinet ministers. Only the prime minister knows of its existence. Anwar Ibrahim, during his tenure as deputy prime minister, had been unaware of the team’s existence.
Saari’s revelations, if true, have far-reaching implications for the system of cabinet government and parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.
Is Abdullah aware of the existence of this “secret elite team”? Can he direct the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian Mai, to submit a full and detailed report on the operations of this secret police unit so that he could make an informed statement about it to the country and people?
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman