Friday, January 30, 2009

Police Cover-up Play in Kugan's Murder

There might just be three crimes that can be associated with Kugan.

Firstly the alleged involvement in a car theft. Not charged. Not proven guilty and not given a chance to defend himself. I have to concede, however, if he had in fact led the police in recovering stolen vehicles and had knowledge of these, there might be an association but still not convicted.

Secondly the torture, abuse and finally the murder of Kugan in the hands of the police who do not have the license to torture, abuse or kill.

Thirdly, and more damagingly as this involves the reputation of our medical services as well as the police, the cover up.

Watergate is hardly remembered for the breakin by 5 people into the Democratic Conventin's head quarters. It is remembered for the White House's as well as President Nixon's attempt at cover up of the break-in.

In Kugan's murder, the cover-up started with the first post-mortem that was relied upon by Selangor CPO Datuk Khalid to try to shoo away any link to the murder. So Kugan was supposed to have died from having liquid in his lungs. And he was supposed to have had asthma.

May I suggest that the post-mortem was done even before Kugan's family was informed of his death? So when they came barging into the mortuary Khalid was already ready with a response. Of course he did not bargain for the family to barge into the mortuary and take photos and videos and have them on U-Tube so quickly.

And then there was distraction. Suddenly, the barging into the mortuary became the such an important crime that the police spent tax payer funded resources to investigate this "crime". The MSM helped to try to get us all to shift our sights and minds to this barging in because two MIC Ministers/deputy Minister were being investigated and questioned despite them having said that they only came in about an hour after the family had already burst into the mortuary.

Khalid tried but could not get people to shift their minds from the crime of murder to the crime of trespass. Too bad, there was a video showing the mortuary guards opening and letting the family in.

What I want to know is where is it in CPO Khalid's responsibility or charter that his greater priority should be the cover up to protect the police when they commit a crime?

I contend that Selangor CPO Khalid has criminally been trying to cover up and that he should be investigated and charged for attempting to abet in trying to protect murderers amongst the police force.

Not only him. Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar is no different. There has been no show of remorse or regret on the part of Syed Hamid for the murder that has been committed. He tries to cast Kugan as the villain and the police as heroes. But then again I also know him to be an idiot. So I guess he has a good excuse for his conduct.

The suspects in this murder should be detained or at the very least, as they are police, and the crime was committed in the course of the carrying on of their duties, they should be suspended from their duties. Instead they are all transferred to desk jobs to another police station. There is hardly any word of the nature of investigations that these cops are undergoing. I would suggest naming and shaming them before sending them to the gallows.

This murder should not have happened. What is worse, the continuing cheap attempt at cover-up. What did Khalid aim to achieve when he very quickly established for us that Kugan died from liquid in lungs. That it is somehow a medical condition and that we will not ask further questions? That the family of Kugan's can easily be cowed into accepting the death of their son? That MIC can be left to do any damage control as they have been faithfully doing for the previous 51 years?

What did Khalid aim to achieve by giving so much publicity to the investigation over the "trespass" into the mortuary, like as if that was the bigger crime? How did he know that the body was tamppered with by the relatives of the deceased for him to accuse them of that? Was he trying to suggest that the family is the one that caused the bruises, the cuts, the swellings and so on several hours after Kugan had died?

Every statement of Khalid's has to be examined for its naievete and stupidity against its timing and the known facts that he should have been aware of at the time he made the statement. If indeed he had cause to rely on his initial excuse for Kugan's death, then the pathologist whose report Khalid relied on should be investigated. In fact, I think the pathologist has to be investigated for how he was able to release his findings so quickly when the pathologist for the second post-mortem done has taken a lot longer time to release his findings.

Unfortunately for me, I think "cover-up, is not a crime in Malaysia!!