Despite police probe, Pua insists IGP must apologise to Aminulrasyid's family

DAP MP Tony Pua (pic) says IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar must apologise to Aminulrasyid Amzah's family because the court has found the police guilty of public misfeasance. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
DAP MP Tony Pua (pic) says IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar must apologise to Aminulrasyid Amzah's family because the court has found the police guilty of public misfeasance. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 ― DAP MP Tony Pua was adamant today that Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar must apologise to Aminulrasyid Amzah's family, despite a  police investigation against him for over a previous demand.

Pua said he gave his full co-operation today to the police, whom he said asked him if he felt that Khalid should apologise to the family of the teenager who was killed in a 2010 police shooting.

“I have answered that I feel that he has to apologise to the family because the court has found the police guilty of public misfeasance,” the Petaling Jaya Utara MP told reporters at Bukit Aman after his statement was taken.

Pua said he confirmed to police that he had written the tweet on March 25 that landed him in today's investigation.

"They asked me what did I mean by 'thug'. I said as per what I wrote in my tweet," he said.

Pua said he will give up his mobile phone to the police tomorrow as requested.

Pua's case is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code, intentionally causing insult to provoke a breach of peace, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which covers improper use of network services and facilities.

Section 504 is punishable by a maximum two-year jail term or a fine or both.

Section 233 is punishable with a maximum RM50,000 fine or a maximum one-year jail term or to both, as well as a further fine of RM5,000 for every day the offence is continued after conviction.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who accompanied Pua as a lawyer during questioning, said the investigation was carried out by the police's D5 unit.

Last Sunday, Khalid instructed police to investigate Pua for “deliberately twisting facts to confuse the public” through the latter's tweet.

Pua tweeted from his @tonypua account: “This thug said 14-year old Aminulrasyid was shot by police because there was dangerous weapons in his car. Now...”

Pua’s tweet was linked to a Malay Mail Online report last Friday that quoted Khalid as saying that he would not apologise to Aminulrasyid’s family, despite the Shah Alam High Court finding the then Selangor police chief liable for misfeasance in public office.

In a press conference after the 2010 shooting, Khalid stated that a machete was found in the car the 14-year-old had driven, to justify the police action.

Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim ruled that there was no proof of how or when the machete was placed in the vehicle, and ordered Khalid to pay RM100,000 in damages for public misfeasance.

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