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PKR vice-president N Surendran claims that the police, acting on the PM's instruction, is protecting MIC Youth over the MyKad brawl.
PETALING JAYA: More than two weeks have passed since the infamous MyKad brawl outside the Prime Minister’s Office but the debates and accusations continue to rage.
This time, PKR vice-president N Surendran alleged that the police were protecting MIC Youth on the instruction of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
Despite the evidence, he said, the police had yet to arrest those responsible for the assault which left PKR Puchong division chief S Murali hospitalised for a fractured cheek bone.
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Surendran, PKR legal bureau chief Latheefa Koya and Murali had their statements recorded at the Putrajaya police headquarters this afternoon.
“We stated in our police reports that we are disappointed that the police have not arrested anyone despite the release of the images regarding the brawl.
“The prime minister is protecting MIC using the police,” Surendran told FMT.
Reiterating his allegation that it was a pre-meditated attack, he said MIC Youth chief T Mohan must be arrested and charged for leading a group which perpetuated criminal intimidation.
The PKR leader also responded to his critics in MIC Youth who accused him of falsely claiming that there was an attempt to attack 17-year-old student B Reshina on that day.
Surendran said the photographs released by PKR last week clearly showed a large group of MIC Youth members rushing towards the PKR delegation which included him, Reshina and Murali.
“The mob was coming at us and Murali stood as the barrier. It was with great difficulty that I managed to get Reshina into the PMO.
“If Murali did not stand as a barrier, Reshina and I would have been hurt. I tell you now, those MIC goons wanted to attack the PKR leaders and Reshina,” he said.
On May 2, Surendran had led a delegation to submit a memorandum to the PMO to demand that Reshina be issued a MyKad.
At the same time, Mohan led a MIC Youth delegation to thank the prime minister for issuing MyKads and birth certificates to Malaysian Indians under the MyDaftar programme.
‘Malaysians are furious’
Surendran said the photographs also depicted the merciless beating of Murali, for which MIC Youth had not answered until now.
He added that despite the evidence, MIC Youth continued to repeat its fraudulent claim that it was not responsible for the fracas.
MIC Youth had accused the PKR delegation of hurling obscenities and throwing the first punch, which the latter denied.
Surendran also claimed that the widely reported incident dealt a devastating blow for MIC, with regard to its image.
“I believe the photos and the incident will send MIC into political oblivion. Malaysians, especially the Indians are furious with what happened,” he said.
Surendran once again trained his guns on the prime minister, claiming that the latter endorsed the violence.
“I am clearly pointing the finger at the PM and his aide. Najib must explain,” he added.
The PKR leader also told MIC Youth not to “repeat the lie” that its delegation was present at the PMO to thank the prime minister.
“Our intention to go there was reported in the papers days before, so they deliberately planned to come there on the same day. I say it again, it was a pre-meditated attack,” he said.
Police: No cover up
Meanwhile, Putrajaya police chief Abdul Razak Abdul Majid dismissed Surendran’s allegation that the case was being covered up.
“There is no such thing. We are neutral in our investigations,” he told FMT.
He said the police recorded statements from the concerned parties, including witnesses, and the investigation papers had been submitted to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters for further action.
“The investigation papers will then be sent to the DPP to determine if there is a need to charge anyone. This is the normal procedure,” he added.
Abdul Razak said the case was investigated under Sections 143, 147 and 352 of the Penal Code for “unlawful assembly”, “rioting” and “using criminal force”.