PAS welcomes the government’s readiness to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the Memali incident, but at the same time calls for the same for the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the Islamist party had been calling for an RCI to probe 1MDB since 2015.
“The call to set up both RCIs are so that thorough investigations can be performed, and to give justice to all parties,” he was quoted as saying in PAS party organ Harakahdaily today.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government is ready to form an RCI to investigate the Memali incident in November 1985.
He said the RCI will be formed if there are demands, including from the opposition, to unearth the truth of the incident in the interest of the victims and their families.
“Even (if requests are) from different parties, the law must be upheld. Those responsible must be held responsible,” he said when officiating the Umno Bukit Gantang Division delegates conference yesterday.
The Memali incident on November 19, 1985 saw 18 dead, including four police officers, and scores others injured when cops launched an operation to detain religious teacher Ibrahim Mahmud, better known as Ibrahim Libya.
Zahid said former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam said in his book titled “Frankly Speaking” that he had received instructions to destroy Kampung Memali due to terrorist and militant elements led by PAS leaders there.
He also called on the leader who was then not present in the country during the incident to own up to the tragedy, likely referring to then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“The Memali incident took place more than two decades ago, but we should remember the victims, the families and the orphans of those who died who were denied their rights by the government then.
“As a result, this has become an issue because the lives lost are taken lightly by those in power but cannot be forgotten by victims,” Zahid said.