How can the cops probe police brutality? — Ali Kadir
MAY 3 — Would it have made sense for the people at Enron to have set up a committee to investigate the financial shenanigans at the US company and then assign blame for the biggest corporate malfeasance?
Would it be logical for Goldman Sachs to head any investigation into the cowboy nature of investment banks and the real role of bankers in the build-up and collapse of the sub-prime market?
Would it have been wise to allow Rupert Murdoch to set up an "investigation panel" to probe phone hacking charges at newspapers he owns?
Would it make sense for Robert Mugabe to chair a probe on the scale of corruption in Zimbabwe?
What would you say if Lynas led a committee to decide if waste from its rare earths plant was toxic or not?
Would it be appropriate for the editors of Utusan Malaysia to lead a committee to set standards of journalism in Malaysia?
What would you say if Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa were given the final responsibility of being the final arbiters of racist behaviour in Malaysia?
If all the above does not sound appropriate or legally right or offends your sense of right and wrong, now you understand why it seems ridiculous for the Royal Malaysian Police to investigate allegations of violence at Bersih 3.0, an event where accusations of police brutality actually trumps accusations of violence by the public?
It is like asking Ali Baba and the 40 thieves to probe crime.
* Ali Kadir reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.