“(Selepas) dipukul setengah mati, komandan kem jumpa saya pagi esoknya (dan) saya tengok dia menangis…Dia tunduk, pegang lutut saya dan mohon maaf.
“(Kemudian) dia kata, ‘kalau saya ada wang (dan) boleh jaga keluarga, saya akan berhenti (menjadi polis). Saya tak boleh tahan dengan kerja macam ini’,” cerita Anwar kepada 50,000 hadirin pada Ceramah Kebangkitan Rakyat di Dungun, Jumaat lalu, mengenang kebaikan beberapa anggota polis terhadapnya ketika ditahan pada 1998.
Ekoran kejadian tersebut, Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu mengingatkan bahawa bukan semua polis menurutnya, ‘jahat’ seperti mantan Ketua Polis Negara (KPN), Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor.
Ini terbukti apabila seorang anggota polis turut datang dan menyapu ubat pada lukanya, selepas polis peringkat atasan melarang doktor memberi rawatan.
“Seorang korporal polis ada bawa ‘Tiger Balm’ (ubat sapu), dia datang dan sapu (pada luka). Itu sahaja rawatan untuk beberapa hari,” kata Anwar.
Pada 29 September 1998, Anwar ke mahkamah dengan mata lebam. Imej itu menjadi simbol kezaliman Umno BN dan penentangan rakyat ketika era reformasi.
Rahim Noor kemudian didapati bersalah memukul Anwar. Pada 15 Mac 2000, Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur menjatuhkan hukuman penjara dua bulan dan denda RM2,000 terhadapnya.
Bagaimanapun, sehingga hari ini, tidak ada siasatan bebas mengenai penglibatan Umno BN dalam serangan terhadap bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu pada malam 20 September 1998 oleh Rahim Noor, KPN ketika itu.
“Selepas 14 tahun, serangan mengerikan itu masih menjadi trauma seluruh negara,” kata Naib Presiden KEADILAN, N Surendran.
Beliau merupakan peguam Anwar untuk kes perbicaraan insiden mata lebam yang sepatutnya berlangsung 16 Oktober lalu tetapi dibatal setelah Tan Sri Musa Hassan menarik balik saman fitnah terhadap Anwar berhubung pemalsuan keterangan laporan perubatan oleh beliau dan Ketua Pasukan Pendakwa Raya, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
Surendran berkata, ketika ditangkap, Anwar diikat tangan, ditutup mata, ditampar dan ditumbuk berulangkali sehingga jatuh ke lantai.
“Dalam keadaan separuh sedar, darah keluar dari mulut dan hidung, Anwar dinafikan hak mendapat rawatan. Malah dipaksa menandatangani perintah tahanan ISA (Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri).
“Pegawai tertinggi polis ada di tempat kejadian. Namun tidak seorang pun yang mengambil tindakan membuat laporan,” ujarnya.
Tangkapan dan serangan itu sebahagian dari perancangan Umno BN mensabitkan Anwar dengan salah laku seks dan pertuduhan rasuah, selepas beliau dipecat pada 2 September 1998.
Namun kes berkenaan mendapat liputan meluas antarabangsa dan desakan berterusan mengheret Rahim ke penjara serta dipecat dari jawatannya sebagai ketua nombor satu dalam PDRM.
Lebih teruk, kata Surendran, Anwar hanya diberi rawatan selepas empat hari serangan dan dalam keadaan itu, beliau dipaksa memberi keterangan.
“Pada 1 Oktober 1998, Dr Mahathir berbohong kepada rakyat Malaysia dengan mengatakan bahawa kecederaan itu dilakukan Anwar sendiri,” katanya.-keadilandaily
Mat Zain: Probe Musa for fabricating evidence...
The former KL CID chief urges IGP Ismail Omar to investigate ex-IGP Musa Hassan for allegedly fabricating evidence in Anwar's Sodomy 1 trial. The former inspector-general of police (IGP) Musa Hassan should be investigated for fabricating evidence during the Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy l trial, said former KL CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim.
In an open letter to IGP Ismail Omar, the former senior policeman said that this was a perfect opportunity for the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to prove that it was truly a credible institution.
“It will also prove to the people that the PDRM is neutral and is able to carry out its as professionals,” said Mat Zain.
Early this month, Musa had alleged that criminal elements had infiltrated the police force during Ismail’s tenure, with good officers being put in cold storage for being defiant.
He also claimed that Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had meddled in police affairs despite the law saying that only the IGP could give orders to his officers.
Training his guns against Musa, Mat Zain said that the former had admitted in an interview with an online portal in May this year that he had unlawfully obtained former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s blood sample to conduct a DNA test.
“And the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s Dr Zahari Noor testified on the matter in court on Dec 31,1998.
“In fact, even I had mentioned the matter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and the police in my open letter on Dec 27, 2010,” he said.
Mat Zain added that in the past letter, he has given details on how Musa had stolen the blood sample after the latter had failed to convince the former to do so.
“From the way I see it, the police can investigate Musa for giving a false affidavit and giving false testimony on the DNA evidence,” he said.
Mat Zain said that it was vital for the police to initiate investigations against Musa as soon as possible as the latter’s expose had tarnished the image of PDRM and the IGP’s office.
“But the probe against Musa is not about retribution. It’s about showing the public that the police is still a neutral institution that will always carry out its duties without fear and favour,” he said.-FMT
Dr M, a damning book and prostitutes...
Former KL CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim says Mahathir admitted in his memoirs of having interfered in the police investigation concerning a book on Anwar. The revelations of former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan regarding political intervention in police work continues to stir the hornet’s nest.
In the latest twist to the saga, a former high-ranking police officer criticised Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein over the latter’s reaction and also roped in Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In an open letter to Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar, copies of which were also sent to Hishammuddin and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Mat Zain Ibrahim recalled Mahathir’s role in the investigation concerning a book which contained a slew of allegations against Anwar Ibrahim.
The book, which cited 50 reasons why Anwar should not become prime minister, was the catalyst for the subsequent sacking and jailing of the ex-deputy prime minister.
Mat Zain, the former Kuala Lumpur CID chief, pointed out that Mahathir, who was then both prime minister and home minister, had admitted in his memoirs, “A Doctor in the House”, of having interfered in the investigation concerning the book.
“In Chapter 53, he explains his role when the police were investigating the book, clearly proving that he not only interfered in the probe but also issued orders to Musa Hassan, to the point that it is believed to have influenced the outcome of the investigation.
“Mahathir admitted interviewing several witnesses at his official residence in Sri Perdana. Among them was star witness [in Anwar's sodomy trial] Azizan Abu Bakar and four women,” he said.
Mat Zain said it is believed that Musa had briefed Mahathir that the women were prostitutes who were, through the connection of businessman KS Nallakaruppan, used for the sexual gratification of a particular VIP.
“If these prostitutes were willing to have sex with anyone for a fee, then they would also be willing to admit having sex with anyone or provide any witness testimony required, as long as they get paid.
“What more if the prime minister himself guaranteed their personal safety and to keep their identities a secret as well as other benefits,” he added.
Mahathir had vested interest
Mahathir himself, Mat Zain said, revealed that he had control over the investigation and witnesses.
“He gave the assurance that he would instruct the police to bring the witnesses to Sri Perdana again if the chief ministers, menteris besar and state Umno liaison committee chairmen wanted to interview them.
“Musa should have objected and prevented Mahathir from having access to the witnesses, what more take them to Sri Perdana.
“Musa must have realised that Mahathir had a vested interest in the probe on the premise of being the Umno president, home minister and prime minister who was being challenged [at the time],” he said.
“Whether indirectly or directly, Mahathir had placed undue mental stress on the witnesses. By having this confidential meeting and striking whatever deals with these prostitues in Sri Perdana, Mahathir had tainted the good name of the prime minister’s official residence,” he added.
Anwar had always maintained that the charges against him were trumped up by Mahathir and his confidants, a charge which the former premier denied.
Hisham should investigate
Meanwhile, Mat Zain said he hoped Hishammuddin would not dimiss this episode as something personal between Musa and Mahathir therefore negating the need for his intervention.
He was referring to the home minister’s statement that the crisis between Musa and former Commercial Crimes Department director Ramli Yusuff was a personal matter.
On the contrary, Mat Zain said Hishammuddin should identify the root cause of the problem between the two former senior policemen.
He also noted that the disclosures of both Musa and Ramli pointed to criminal wrongdoings.
“Whatever the public perception is towards Musa, his allegations as the former IGP on ministerial interference in police work, especially by Hishammuddin, must be given serious attention.
“Hishammuddin’s question as to why Musa is making the claims only now is not something that a home minister should ask,” he said, adding that the minister should know that there was no time limit to expose criminal wrongdoings.- FMT