Police threaten to arrest Guan Eng
Thu, Jan 14, 2010
Free Malaysia Today
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor police chief has warned Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) that he will be arrested if he fails to give his statement over remarks on the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.
Assistant Commissioner Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday a police team, including an investigating officer from Shah Alam, was sent to Penang on Saturday to record Lim’s statement but he refused to co-operate.
However, DAP chairman Karpal Singh today dismissed Khalid’s allegation as untrue. He said Lim was not uncooperative.
Lim is being investigated for allegedly uttering seditious remarks during the Pakatan Rakyat convention of Dec 19 last year. He is alleged to have said that Teoh was murdered.
DCP Khalid said yesterday: “He demanded for the police report to be given to him first and ultimately no statement was recorded.
“Understanding his position and busy schedule as a chief minister, we made it more convenient for him to have his statement recorded in Penang but he continues to complicate the matter.
“I, too, have to carry out my duty as there is a police report lodged against him, forcing me to issue a notice under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code to compel him to issue a statement.”
The notice was issued yesterday. He did not specify the deadline for the notice, according to reports.
At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Karpal said Lim had prior to that requested that he be supplied a copy of the police report before giving his statement under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
“The Chief Minister made it very clear that he was not refusing to make the statement but required a copy of the police report,” he said, adding that the police report would ensure whatever he said would be the truth.
Karpal said that under Section 193 of the Penal Code for giving false evidence or fabricating false evidence, and under Section 203 for giving false information, the offender could face a jail sentence or a fine or both.
“It is a necessity in law for a police officer recording a statement under Section 112 (of the CPC) to supply a witness before his statement is taken, the police report to enable the witness, in the context of the allegation in the report, to state the truth,” he said.