Friday, December 16, 2005




I believe Malaysians will welcome and benefit a lot if Shahrir’s view on the setting up of an Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission is materialized.

Do remember that in the sixties through seventies, Hong Kong had one of the most corrupted and least disciplined police forces in the world and the people suffered greatly while the police force received very little respect from the society. After the setting up of ICAC, an independent watchdog body for the conduct of the police force, and after the sacrifice of many righteous members of the Commission, today, the police force in Hong Kong turned out to be one of the most respected in the world and even Jackie Chan benefited by making a series of movie named after “Police Story.”

We, the Malaysians certainly do not enjoy criticizing our police force, we would rather have our police force glorified, if and when justified.


Our Minister has called upon the victim in the infamous Video Clip to come forward.

Who is the victim? The whole nation is being shamed. And as more and more articles appear in the international media, Malaysians are finding it more and more difficult to contain our shock, disgust, humiliation, hurt and anger.

We expect higher level of thought from our Minister to understand as to who are the victims. We, the Malaysians are the victims! And yes, we are coming forward to demand for justice.

Can our elected Administration understand how we feel? Or perhaps our voice is still not laud enough?


On my last check on Google search, I found 134 articles on Malaysian Police brutality on foreign nationals. Our Police Force has certainly brought us international shame and disrepute. The need to push for reform in the Police Force has never been as urgent and our conscientious law makers, if there is any left, must respond immediately to prevent our country from suffering further international humiliation and the onslaught of international wrath.

Today, news travels faster and wider than never before, our tourists flow and foreign investment will surely be adversely affected. And Malaysian view as Head of NAM and OIC nations will be losing its meaning as our view on international affairs does not deserve any weight when we can not even put our own house in order.

I know of a girl who was put through the same search procedure as highlighted in the video clip now circulating all over the world; when she talks about her ordeal more than ten years later, she still break down in apparent fear, despair and confusion. I would really like to call upon all fellow Malaysian to reflect for a moment, did we, the people empower the Police Force and any other enforcement agency to conduct themselves in such senseless and inhumane manner to other fellow human being?

I do not believe that our Ministers and senior Police personnel do not know about such brutality as highlighted recently; it is just that they really do not think it was brutal. Our very own Deputy IGP had already said that that the body search was just a routine police procedure, can we not tell that the very organization, to whom which we entrusted to uphold law and order and to protect us had turned arrogant and insensitive, unable to even think as fair minded compassionate human being.

God save our beloved Malaysia!


Referring to the group of Indian IT professional who were harassed by our enforcement officers as mentioned in “ POLICE FORCE COULD SPIN OUT OF CONTROL”, some Malaysian may wish to know that their company had since relocated to Singapore. Twin Tower which used to house their office (of a reputable company public listed in New Delhi and New York) had lost a valuable tenant and so did I, as one of the expatriate staff of that company who rented my house was also relocated with very short notice.

As far as I understand, they were not interested in getting any apology or getting involved in our usual debate of the “obviously wrong.” They just act.

Think about those Malaysians who also lost their jobs as a result of the relocation.


Personally, I welcome the action of the policeman to seek redress in our court of law, because I believe if the issue is properly handled, it may lead to more opportunity for us to improve our system.

I of course do not believe that a 17 years old girl had nothing better to do than making false report against a police personnel. After all our ACA must have deemed the case credible before charging the policeman in court.

But the policeman was acquitted. That can only mean few things to me:-

  1. Our ACA was not competent in handling the case,

  2. Our existing legislation is flawed, or

  3. Our judiciary is biased

Therefore, we as concerned Malaysians should find the truth and move forward, instead of making it look as if the whole Executive is arguing with one policeman


I read the article with deep felt sadness and anger.

A very unpleasant incident happened to me with the police force some years ago.

It was at a road block presumably to detect drink-driving. Because of my questioning the police choice of the block location, which happened to be at a double lined cornering stretch, I was put through a terrible process of threat and inconvenience at a police station. Four hours later I was cleared and walk out of the police station, I proceeded to another police station in town to lodge a police report. The policeman in attendance asked if I really would like to make a big fuss out of a small “misunderstanding”, I told him I must do what I needed to do to make sure that the Police Force understands that their duty is to protect us by upholding law and order and not arrogantly disrespecting our rights; further, what the bad cops did, affects the reputation of good cops, if there is any. I remember telling him that I could not tolerate “ harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi.”

There was no follow up on my report by the Investigation Officer.

I subsequently compiled all relevant documents and prepared a detailed account of what happened, addressed and hand delivered to the office of the IGP at that time.

No follow up on my complaint for years; then came the Royal Commission. I was delighted and wrote to the Commission with copy of my previous letter to the IGP.

Even then, still no follow up till today.

I am still not giving up hope to put things right, simply because I know this is my country and we must not let those irresponsible and corrupted cops continue to harass and threaten us. We must not give up the ownership of our beloved country to these irresponsible and corrupted cops; at the end of the day, they are the ones who should feel ashamed and we must not let these kind of incidents affect our hope for the future of this country. Remember, we the taxpayers are the one who provide them with the uniform.

I truly wish that the writer, or rather victim, in this unbelievable incident can get over with the hurt and I would like to thank him for writing the article. I believe with more awareness from the public at large, the situation can and must improve.


I hope you can spend a little more effort in bringing more awareness over this frustrating yet important issue.

There are really many justifications to have elected council members. We need councilors who are interested to serve and posses the ability to serve, instead of appointed councilors who took the appointment simply as a job or as a political favor.

In my several dealings with various councils, the working environment was shameful. Staff were seen playing computer games, person in charge always not around, Ketua having meeting and the list of our frustration goes on and on. In running my own business none of those things I observed in the various local councils is allowed to happen, otherwise my business will surely go bankrupt.

And recently the trend seems to be for the councilors to reward themselves with incentive trips and luxurious living quarters, just look at the situation in Subang, Shah Alam and Selayang.

I believe this is a credible issue for you to encourage more discussions and perhaps to conduct a nation wide poll for opinions.

Thank you for your kind attention and warmest regards


Toh May Fook

26TH February 2004

P.O.BOX 1084050726

Dear Sir,


I am very much encouraged by the initiative under the current Administration leading to the establishment of the Royal Commission. The general public has now placed their reasonable hope that the Royal Commission shall eventually ensure that our nation will have not only a professional police force that we can rely upon to maintain peace and order, but also a dignified and respectable police force that we can be and in fact should be proud of.

With such expectation and also a deep realization that all responsible citizens of this nation must step forward to assist the Royal Commission in such an important and complex task, I am therefore writing to you, to consider reviewing, if you deem fit, a case where I have been wrongfully treated by certain members of our police force. A police report was duly made on the unfortunate incident, with details of the case also subsequently provided via a letter, hand delivered to the Inspector General of Police of that time at Bukit Aman. However till this date, I have not had any response from Bukit Aman.

I enclose herewith a copy of the said letter together with the relevant documents for your kind perusal. I should be glad to provide any other clarification if needed and will be keen to assist in any way possible in your critical mission.

Sincerely yours,

Toh May Fook


Toh May Fook

10 September 2001

Inspector General of Police
Royal Malaysian Police, Bukit Aman
50560 Kuala Lumpur

Dear Tan Sri,


With deep regrets, I enclose herewith a police report (W892180) lodged by me with the Police Station at Jalan Travers with regards to an incident where I was badly treated and terrorized by members of the police force. The details of the unfortunate incident is more clearly recorded by Inspector Nichimuthu, the Investigation Officer at the Brickfields Police Station.

However, I would humbly seek your permission for me to recount the event as follows:

While on my way home after having my supper at some hawker stalls at Kuchai Entrepreneurs park, I was stopped by a traffic policeman along the road leading from Jalan Kuchai Lama to Seremban highway at around 2 am on 9/9/2001. There was a traffic police operation along that road at the material time.

As I was stopped after a turning immediately after a traffic light along a double lined road, I mentioned to the police officer that perhaps it was not the most appropriate spot to stop a car because it may endanger other cars behind me. The officer visibly took offence and that was the beginning of my misery for the next several hours.

Firstly, the officer shouted at me rudely for my license and then another officer forced me to take a breath test although I did not drink any alcohol before that and I definitely showed no signs of someone intoxicated.

When I inquire if the tube I was supposed to be blowing into was used or new, the officer angrily pulled out the tube and threw it across my car which caused considerable fear in me, I protested his rude and intimidating behavior and he became verbally more abusive. Then I requested to see the officer in charge of the operation, but unfortunately, he did not want to listen to my protest but asked me just to blow the tube.

I then requested to conduct the test at a police station because I was very fearful and I have also lost confidence in them. My request was ignored. I then protested that if they continue to be rude and abusive, I would have no choice but to lodge a police report, the earlier officer by the name of Yacob then shouted at me : “ awak buat lah laporan apa saja, ingat! saya ada kaki dan member di mana mana juga!” and then I was practically forced to blow the tube and although I saw that the equipment showed an illuminated “0” reading, I heard the officer shouted “ Nah! Ada reading, bawa dia ke balai!”

Then they left me standing by the side of my car and I waited for about 10 minutes before another officer got into the driver side of my car and asked me to get into the passenger side. I got into the car and asked if it was proper procedure for a police officer to drive my car without my consent, the officer then told me that I was suspected of being drunk and therefore I was not allowed to drive. On the way to Jalan Tun H S Lee police station, I reminded the officer that he was not wearing the safety belt but he just ignored me.

At the police station, I was made to sit next to two hand-cuffed men and waited for a long while. Meanwhile Yacob also came to the room and intimidated me by staring rudely at me. Much later, I was finally asked to conduct a proper breath test which showed a negative result. I was then handed over to another officer who returned my car keys and my driving license to me and asked me to go home, I then told the officer that I wish to lodge a report, whereupon I heard a loud shout of “ Apa! apa!”, just behind me! I was startled and turned and to my great shock, I saw Yacob staring over me from just behind my chair with the vest that he wore touching my head! I was terrified!

I tried to explain to Yacob then that he has terrorized me and that he is tarnishing the image of the police force, he shouted at me and asked me to just get out of the Balai! I then walked out of the room in a state of shock and asked another officer where can I lodged a report, but I was told that the Balai was closed and I should just get out and lodge the report anywhere I like!

Fearful of my safety I did not go home direct but eventually lodged my report at the Jalan Travers Police Station and later proceeded to record a statement with Inspector Nichimuthu in the Brickfields Police Station.

Dear Tan Sri, I am still in a state of shock and fear, the police force that I trusted to protect me and my family all this while turned out to be intimidating, threatening and even to the point of terrorizing a decent member of public like myself. Now, when I see a policeman, there is this sense of terror that will emerged because of the terrible experience that I had the misfortune to have encountered.

I have no choice but to believe that there must surely be just a handful of police personnel who behave in such terrorizing manner towards a decent member of public;

Dear Tan Sri, when I requested to make a police report out of desperation, the officer insinuated that I will be “taken care of” by his “kaki and member”. And in fact I was prevented from making any report at the Jalan Tun HS Lee traffic police station even though I was really fearful that they will go after me and I could not even reach home! I am therefore writing this letter to your goodself and urge you to kindly look into the matter for the sake of the well being of our nation and also to protect the image of the police force.

As for myself, I just pray that time can wear out my fear the next time I meet a policeman, but I trust that your timely investigation into the matter will also help me to recover easier.

Thanking you for your kind attention.

Yours Faithfully,

Toh May Fook

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