POLICE have begun investigating allegations of the existence of a deep state in the force and in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, sources said.
This is after a deputy minister said that two Pakatan Harapan assemblymen were arrested under an anti-terror law to damage the ruling coalition.
Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Sivarasa Rasiah had recently said that the arrests of the two, along with 10 other individuals, were not endorsed by the administration.
Their detention under the controversial Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) was presented as a fait accompli by the police, Sivarasa had said.
Sivarasa had said this to reporters on the sidelines of a forum on social trends at Universiti Malaya on November 26.
Police have so far remained tight-lipped but reporters who published Sivarasa’s statements have been called in for questioning in Bukit Aman.
It is learnt that police had sought to confirm that the reporters had indeed spoken to Sivarasa and had asked for audio recordings of the interview.
The Malaysian Insight is in the process of contacting Sivarasa and the police for comment.
The deep state, Sivarasa had said, was one of the biggest challenges facing PH in its efforts to reform key institutions.
Deep state refers to individuals or groups within a bureaucracy pursuing their own agenda which may be in conflict with that of the elected administration.
“The political damage from this is that it has upset significant numbers of Indian voters and some of our supporters of all races – Chinese and Malays,” Sivarasa had said.
“The effect were seen in Tg Piai, as (our supporters) said ‘you promised to repeal draconian parts of Sosma and here you are using it on grounds that sound so frivolous’,” he said.
The 12 men are accused of attempting to revive the long-defunct Sri Lankan separatist movement, Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam.
PH suffered a crushing loss in the Tg Piai by-election two weeks ago when its candidate was defeated by 15,000 votes – the biggest loss for any ruling coalition.
“So our supporters are upset and the people who are doing this are intending to cause political damage to Pakatan. But they are inside the institutions, such as the police, and have loyalty to the old government,” Sivarasa had said.