THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 - 12:17
By Joseph Sipalan
THE Malay Mail expose on the Taiping 'taiko' who is walking free after allegedly killing three people and injuring three others is to be raised in the next Parliament sitting.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh slammed the Taiping police for their apparent tardiness in dealing with the case, questioning why they needed to wait three months for a chemist report before taking any action.
"That is unacceptable. Why is there a delay in getting a chemist report?" he said in a statement.
"There are also other offenses which appear to have been committed here as well, the investigations of which do not necessarily need to depend on a chemist report. So why are the police so slow in taking action?" He urged Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to rectify the situation.
The Malay Mail yesterday reported that police are still waiting to see the chemist report to determine whether the suspect, a well-known businessman, was drunk at the time of the incident.
Taiping district police chief ACP Yusof Mohd Diah was quoted as saying there "could have been an error" in the report, in explaining the three-month delay. He said the suspect — who is out on police bail — was being probed for reckless driving leading to deaths and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Puchong MP to take up case
Yusof promised a transparent investigation, amidst allegations that the police were doing shoddy work in probing the matter.
Three people died and three others were injured after they were mowed down along a 2km stretch at the Taiping-Simpang main road at 2am on June 18.
Those killed were Harvinder Singh, 28, and Mohd Zaini Abdullah, 57, and his wife, Radzizah Mohd Yusoff , 55.
The injured were Harvinder's friend, Mohd Ismail Md Ramli, 22, Johari Zakari, 45, who suffered a broken leg, and an unidentified motorcyclist. It was believed the suspect, who allegedly knocked down four motorcycles in total, drove straight home after the carnage.
"The home minister cannot and must not remain silent. This is a matter of public concern. It also raises doubts in the promises made by the home minister that the police will toughen up their act in order to win over public confi dence and support," said Gobind, adding that he would raise the matter in Parliament at its next meeting.
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