POLICE should complete investigations into the outbreak of violence at Sunday’s Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum instead of being so quick to blame the organisers, DAP Youth said today.
Police also bore responsibility for public safety, which is not the sole responsibility of the organisers, national Dapsy chief Wong Kam Wong said in response to the inspector-general of police, who today blamed Bersatu for the chaos that erupted at the opposition party’s forum.
“Police have a duty to ensure public safety throughout the entire programme. The first thing they should do now is to investigate and find out who was responsible for the chaos.
“It was not fair of the IGP to blame the organiser. Which organiser would want their event to turn violent?” Wong said at a press conference at the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
DAP had sent 40 members of its Unit Tindak, or security corp to help with crowd control at the forum in Shah Alam.
The forum was to be an open debate between Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Najib Razak, who did not show up. Dr Mahathir was on stage taking questions from the floor when shoes were suddenly thrown in his direction. Water bottles, chairs and lighted flares were next thrown about the hall, causing a scramble.
Khalid this morning blamed Bersatu for failing to ensure security at the forum, saying that as the organiser, it was bound by the Peaceful Assembly Act to ensure the safety of attendees.
DAPSY secretary Howard Lee said Khalid’s remark was without basis as the police had yet to even complete the investigation.
“It is for the court to punish (the perpetrators) and it is the police’s job to investigate. So on what basis does Khalid say that the organiser is to be blamed?” Lee said.
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