Yesterday, the Deputy Internal Security Minister Noh Omar again put his foot into his mouth.
When he was surrounded by journalists after the Speaker rejected my emergency motion on the abuses by police, Noh Omar expressed disappointment then went on and said foreigners who are not happy with Malaysia can leave this country.
Many journalists were angry with Noh Omar’s reply and they asked us to comment. This type of arrogance reflects not only his Kampong Boy mentality, but also has further tarnished the country’s image. He seemed have no sense on international diplomacy and has totally gone against the stand taken by PM on the strip-n-rob issue, and also the Squatgate scandal.
Pak Lah will surely be disgusted with his reply when he reads the newspapers today.
The three Chinese nationals who had lodged a police report earlier have been invited to the PJ Police Station for further inquiry. I just could not believe the number of hours that they spent in the police station. Their lawyer Sankara Nair, me and Ricky Low (my party member) went to the PJ Police Station at 9.40am and this statement taking has wasted their whole day, they left the police station at 6.30pm. My God, what a torture!!
All the photographers were already waiting for us at the gate when we arrived. The girls tried to hide their faces and wanted to scold the reporters. I pulled them aside and told them not to misbehave in front of the press. The girls were not prepared to meet so many members of press, the publicity that they gained lately has somehow caused inconveniences in their lives, and they are not used to this kind of exposures.
They had never expected that their detention and a police report can be turned to an international issue till it affects bi-lateral relations between Malaysia and China. Yes, I never expected this too.
When I knew about their unlawful detention , I have spent quite some time to persuade them to come out to lodge police reports and complaint to the relevent authorities. At that time, I just wanted to fight for their rights and freedom which were denied for fournights and five days. At that time, I never thought of this case can create such a great impact. I thank the police for shooting themselves in the foot, and also thank the Malaysian and international media for reporting them..
When I saw the women today, I actually felt sorry for them. Before I left for Parliament to wait for the Speaker to decide the fate of my emergency motion at about 11.10am, I told the media gathered outside the police station that these girls are not used to media exposures and asked the media to be understanding. I also told them they are afraid their family members in China will see their photos in the media back there and blame them. Yes, they are ordinary people, however the whole case make them very disturbed and they are hoping it will end soon.