Revamp Information-Gathering System
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls for the revamp of the whole information-gathering system of the police, so as to ensure that intelligence obtained reflect the true situation.
Dr Tan made this call on 15.7.2008 during a media conference in the lobby of parliament to refute the allegation of the Home Minister YB Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar. At the conference, DAP National Advisor YB Lim Kit Siang and the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng clarified that they were not present at the socalled Pakatan meeting at the PKR headquarters on 9.7.2008.
From 12 to 14 July, 2008, the police set up road blocks along the roads leading to parliament, causing traffic jam and inconveniencing the people.
On 14.7.2008, YB Hamid said that the police action of putting up roadblocks in the city for three days is justifiable based on the intelligence gathered. According to Hamid the blogs calling for people to turn up were 1626.blogspot.com and zul4kulim.blogspot.com.
He stressed that intelligence was also gathered from a July 9 meeting chaired by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the PKR headquarters. The meeting was attended by various leaders, including DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, DAP Vice (Deputy) Chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw and PAS treasurer Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli.
On 9.7.2008 Guan Eng was in Penang with the Governor. Kit Siang was not at the socalled meeting. I was at the House during the day and in Kepong in the evening.
Clearly, the Home Minister was not speaking the truth. He should find out from his source why such a mistake was made. Then, he should withdraw the allegation and apologize to the people for the inconvenience caused in the three-day witchhunt. What was the actual intelligence that prompted the three-day action?
The Government must review the whole information-gathering system to ascertain its integrity and effectiveness. It must be revamped.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw