Warning against politicising high-profile cases

By New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday warned parties against politicising the spate of high-profile criminal cases reported lately.

The murder of millionaire cosmetics queen Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her companions, the controversial music video by rapper Namewee, the alleged racist remarks made by a school principal in Kulaijaya and the arrest of cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque have all made the headlines.

“These high-profile cases show that there is no monopoly by a single race or religion in the crimes committed,” he said during the ministry’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house with orphans at Pulapol in Jalan Semarak.

“Those involved in the crimes being investigated by police are from different walks of life and races. So give them (police) the time and space to complete their work.

“While I want the police to conduct their probes fairly, efficiently and quickly, I do not want irresponsible parties to take advantage of the cases and politicise them.”

Later Hishammuddin and his wife Tengku Datin Seri Marsilla Tengku Abdullah presented Raya goodies to more than 100 orphans.

Also present were Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and senior police officers.

Meanwhile, at the magistrate’s court in Banting, the remand order against the five suspects involved in the murder of Sosilawati and three others, and the disappearance of Indian businessman Allal Kanthan Muthuraja, was extended until Oct 8.

Magistrate Hurman Hussain yesterday allowed the order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code to enable police to carry out further investigations into the disappearance of Muthuraja.

Muthuraja, 34, was reported missing after two Malaysian lawyers, who are brothers, met him at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, upon his arrival on Jan 18.

His wife, S. Usharani, 24, lodged a missing person report at the Banting police station on Sept 8.

She had also given a full statement on the case at the Kuala Langat police headquarters.

Usharani has since returned to India after a week of assisting the police here.

She had met police several times over the past week to have her statement recorded.

In Shah Alam, Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam said another businessman may have been a victim of the suspects involved the murder of Sosilawati.

He said a woman had claimed that her husband, who has property in Banting and Hulu Selangor, had been missing for over a year.

He said the woman had lodged a police report in Bukit Aman over her husband’s disappearance and her story was almost similar to Muthuraja’s.

Manikavasagam said since the local businessman went missing, his wife, who was illiterate and only conversant in Tamil, claimed she was forced to sign many documents by a man who kept telling her that her husband was still alive.

He added he would provide more information when he brought the woman to meet with the media at his office today.