KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — A Twitter user apologised today for criticising the police and likening Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to Nazi military commander Henrich Himmler in a recent posting on the micro-blogging site.
The user, Viktor Wong, who may now be under investigation for his remarks, took to Twitter this afternoon to issue the apology to both Khalid and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), as well as announce a retraction of his words.
“Hello both @PDRMsia @KBAB51, I am retracting the suggestion on the bastardization and apologize to you and all your members of the force,” said Viktor Wong on his Twitter account @wonghoicheng.
Wong, a director for the northern Malaysia-based think tank Inter-Research and Studies (IRAS), had tweeted yesterday calling Khalid the “Heinrich Himmler” of Malaysia.
“Bastardization of @PDRMsia. Thanks to the [email protected] Henrich Himmler of Malaysia,” tweeted Wong.
Himmler was a military commander said to be one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, and among those directly responsible for the Holocaust.
Wong’s tweet prompted Khalid to instruct the Police Cyber Investigation Response Centre (PCIRC) of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to identify Wong and take action against him.
Referring to Wong, Khalid said yesterday: “[email protected], also trace this other disrespectful individual for action to be taken”.
Khalid also instructed the PCIRC to take action against two other Twitter users Nasrul Omar (@ennasrul) who called the cops “Barisan Nasional’s dogs”, and another user allegedly called “Dr Colin Fu”.