Nurul Izzah was criticised for saying that Malaysia does not need General Operations Force and that Special Branch division should be abolished (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/ The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: A video showing Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar questioning the need of having the police’s General Operation Force is widely criticised on the internet.
In the three-minute Youtube video clip uploaded by a user - Khai Ramli - Nurul Izzah was quoted as saying: “…masalahnya masalah struktur. Semua polis itu ramai, kebanyakan besar dihantar jadi polis hutan. General Operations Force untuk lawan komunis dulu. You do not need okay, General Operations Force now. Komunis semua Chin Peng pun BN tak bagi mai balik Malaysia.” (The problem is with the structure. The number of policemen is high, most of them are sent to be field force. General Operations Force is to combat communist then. You do not need okay, General Operations Force now. Communists and even Chin Peng (a communist leader) is denied to return to Malaysia by BN (Barisan Nasional).
The Lembah Pantai MP also said: “You tak payah tambah polis. Polis dah cukup. You hanya mansuhkan sahaja Special Branch. You pastikan mereka jadi pegawai penyiasat."(You don’t need to add the officers. There is enough policemen. You only need to abolish the Special Branch. Just ensure that they become investigating officers).
The video has garnered more than 18,000 views since it was uploaded last Saturday.
She reportedly made the speech in Lucky Garden, Bangsar on Feb 16.
The Lahad Datu intrusion occurred on Feb 12, with 200 armed men claiming to be from the Sulu Sultanate arrived in Kg Tanduo. In the attacks by the Sulu terrorist group, two member from General Operations Force, Lance Corporal Mohd Azrul Tukiran and Sergeant Aziz Sarikon were killed.
The attack also resulted in the death of four policemen from Special Branch unit. They were Cpl Salam Tongiran, Supt Ibrahim Lebar, ASP Michael Fadil and Detective Sergeant Baharin Hamid
A blog post at Berita Lembah Pantai questioned whether Nurul Izzah understood what she said, saying that General Operations Force did not exist merely to protect the jungle.
The blog post also stated: “While she made the speech, a lot of our Special Branch Officers were putting their lives at risk in the Sabah coastal line, acting like undercovers to get information on these attackers.”
Prior to this The Mole had also published a letter from a reader known as Harry Kwok, who claimed to have attended the event where Nurul Izzah made the speech and he had expressed his shock with Nurul Izzah’s remarks which he described as inappropriate.
“I was shocked because it was terribly inappropriate for her to talk in such manner seeing that our police were already facing a dangerous stand-off in Lahad Datu at the time. There were no words of solidarity and prayers, just sarcasm and criticism,” Harry said.
“Our GOF or Pasukan Gerakan Am have served this country well and is she unaware of the numerous duties of the GOF since the communist threat was eradicated in 1989? I should think as an MP she should at least understand her subject before blasting it off to the rakyat.”
Apart from Nurul Izzah, another PKR vice-president, Tian Chua, has also been heavily criticised for his remarks which described the Lahad Datu issue as a “wag-the-dog drama.”
Many police reports were lodged and public demonstrations staged condemning Tian Chua.
Attempts to get comments from Nurul Izzah had not been successful at Press time.