Police say still checking to see if Dr M’s statement needed

Noor Rashid Ibrahim

(Malay Mail Online) – The police have not determined if they require Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to give his statement over reports that he allegedly insulted Umno members during Bersih 4.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic) said, however, investigations are ongoing.

“We have to cross-check with reports and check with witnesses. If there is no need for us to record statements from certain personalities, we won’t record.

“If there is a need to call him in, we will,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today.

Various reports lodged pertaining to public rallies like Bersih 4 rally last month and the #Merah169 rally on Malaysia Day last week would also be given top priority, Noor Rashid added.

“It is only a matter of time before the investigations are concluded,” he said.

The former prime minister made an unexpected appearance at the Bersih 4 rally calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation last month, and alleged that several Umno leaders were corrupt.

Days after the rally on August 29 and 30, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar announced that the police are investigating Dr Mahathir for allegedly defaming Umno during the event.

Dr Mahathir later told the police to arrest him if they wanted.