‘Police boycotting MyWatch’

MyWatch chief R Sri Sanjeevan claims that the IGP has instructed the police not to participate in programmes organised by the NGO.

G Vinod, FMT

Crime watchdog MyWatch today alleged that the Royal Malaysian Police has been instructed not to engage with the NGO in any of its programmes.

MyWatch chief R Sri Sanjeevan said it was evident when two state police chiefs refused to attend programmes on crime prevention arranged by his NGO.

“I have asked state police chiefs to send their senior officers to the forums on crime prevention scheduled for February. I also told them that our patron, ex-IGP Musa Hassan, will be one of the panelist.

“Initially they agreed to it but later on, they turned down my offer saying they did not know the status of my NGO,” he added.

Sanjeevan also said that he attempted to assure the officers that MyWatch was legally registered with the Registrar of Societies and they would not face any problems attending the forums.

“When I pressed for answers, the officers told me that it an instruction give by [Inspector-General of Police] Ismail [Omar] himself,” he added.

Training his guns on the IGP, Sanjeevan said Ismail’s attitude towards MyWatch reflected his “true character”.

“We are trying to assist the police in crime prevention but Ismail is acting like this. I don’t blame the officers as they are just following orders,” he said.

Sanjeevan also threw brickbats at Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for keeping mum over Musa’s expose on the state of the police force.

In recent months, Musa had criticised his successor of being a “weak” leader and alleged that criminal elements had infiltrated the force.

He also accused Hishammuddin of meddling in police affairs, an accusation the latter had denied.

On a related matter, Sanjeevan said that he would hold a press conference next week to reveal the real crime statistics for last year.

“It will be done in stages. We want the public to know the real crime situation in Malaysia,” he said.