Malaysia

Tony Pua waiting for police’s next move on running dogs remark

BY EILEEN NG
October 07, 2013

DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua is unfazed over the police's investigation into his Facebook posting in which he described the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and Malay daily Utusan Malaysia as Umno's running dogs.

Instead, the Petaling Jaya Utara MP said he is watching the police's next move on the matter as it "would define their professionalism".

"In a country where the police can lose their guns allegedly because they were thrown into the sea during operations or when a dog-trainer can get investigated for sedition, I suppose anything goes," he said, referring to the Auditor General Report as well as the arrest of dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, who was probed for sedition over a video showing her bathing her dogs which the authorities said was an insult to Islam.

The 2012 Auditor General Report released last week revealed that the police lost RM1.33 million worth of equipment including 44 guns. The Inspector-General of Police and the Home Minister have alleged that the lost firearms could have "fallen into the sea".

"If anything, I'm curious about the response of the police on this matter, as it will define the limits they will go to, to defend Umno and its lackeys.

"Or, will they, like RoS and Utusan, become Umno's canine paws," Pua told The Malaysian Insider.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said police will study the reports lodged by five non-governmental organisations against Pua before deciding whether it should be investigated under the criminal law or the Sedition Act.

The five groups behind the reports are Selangor NGO secretariat, Pertubuhan Permuafakatan Majlis Ayahanda Malaysia, Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia, Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia and Pertubuhan Gerakan Bersatu 69.

Pua called the organisations as a "joke", and said he was saddened by the goings-on in the country.

"I don't know whether to laugh or to cry looking at the state of affairs in the country today when 'insulting' Utusan Malaysia can be deemed seditious," he said, referring to the Umno mouthpiece with which his party had numerous run-in.

Pua stood by his statement when he told The Malaysian Insider yesterday that he was merely stating the obvious with his "running dogs" description of both Utusan and the RoS.

Pua wrote on September 29 on his Facebook page that RoS and Utusan were Umno's running dogs.

"I'd like to congratulate the wisdom and maturity of the DAP national delegates for voting in the same 20 central executive committee members, proving that there was no element of wrongdoing in the last election. The Registrar of Societies can go **** himself," he wrote, following the fresh election of the DAP central executive committee members as requested by RoS.

In another posting, Pua wrote, "the newly re-elected DAP central executive committee has had its first meeting to co-opt the exact same 10 members as previously.

"The CEC has also unanimously elected the exact same office bearers led by national chairman Karpal Singh and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. Umno and its dogs, Utusan and RoS can go....!". - October 7, 2013.