Wednesday January 30, 2013
Johor Sultan raps those who claim cops cannot be trusted
By NELSON BENJAMIN
JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor has lashed out at critics of the police force, labelling them traitors to the country.
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said there were irresponsible people questioning police actions to portray it as a force that could no longer be trusted.
The Ruler said such accusations were “too much” and only guilty criminals would try to twist facts to escape from being punished.
“What is worse is when some of these criminals flee abroad and then make accusations to tarnish their own country. If their allegations are true, prove it and stop being cowards,” he said in his royal address when opening the new Kulaijaya district police headquarters, about 30km from here, yesterday.
Defending the police force against baseless accusations and allegations, the Ruler said Malaysia, being a sovereign nation, had its laws and all actions taken by any authority, including the police, would be in accordance with these laws.
“As such, I hope no quarters will try to question and accuse the police as being one sided,” he said.
He also commended the Johor police and the government in their efforts to maintain security in the state.
Sultan Ibrahim said that the community and the media chose to play up the weaknesses and shortcomings of the force while police successes were merely deemed as “responsibilities”.
However, he advised the force to continue acting “in a proper manner” and to carry out their duties without fear or favour.
He reminded that in a rapidly developing state like Johor, especially with the Iskandar Malaysia project, security should be always be maintained and not turned into an issue that could ruin the state's economic development.
“Security is important to an investor who intends to open a business in any country,” the Sultan said.
He also urged the police to enforce law and order and effectively combat crime.