Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bizarre case of ex-IGP, AG and an underworld boss

Bizarre case of ex-IGP, AG and an underworld boss
Hafiz Yatim
8:48AM Mar 11, 2012
EXCLUSIVE New information shedding more light on a bizarre five-year-old case allegedly involving the country's most powerful police officer, the attorney-general and an underworld figure has emerged.

Malaysiakini has possession of documents revealing the history of how a number of whistleblowers - whose information lead to the arrest of Johor kingpin Goh Cheng Poh aka Tengku Goh in 2007 - were forced to implicate six police officers investigating the case.

The whistleblowers signed sworn statements claiming that they were turned over by a team of Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) officers. The ACA has since morphed into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2009.

The six police officers were subsequently charged with fabricating evidence against Tengku Goh - an alleged gambling and money-laundering kingpin - only to be eventually acquitted, the last of them in mid-2011.

The police officers' four-year ordeal began when they, on the orders of then deputy home minister Johari Baharum, began investigating Tengku Goh (For his role in this convoluted scandal, Johari himself was accused of corruption and was investigated by ACA - see 'Tit for tat' chart below).
musa hassan police igp pc 250607 mumHe had instructed then Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) chief Ramli Yusuff, previously Pahang police chief, to take on the menace.

Ramli assembled a team of half a dozen men which and during the course of their work unearthed the role of Musa Hassan (left), the former Johor police chief who in 2006 was tapped as the inspector-general of police.

The CCID probe revealed that while Musa - during his stint in Johor - had closed down most of the gambling and money-lending syndicates in the southern state, he however helped to "reorganise" the remainder few to operate under an "umbrella" syndicate controlled by Tengku Goh.

Armed with information from underworld informants, the CCID arrested Tengku Goh and he was dispatched to remote Jeli, Kelantan, and placed under restricted residence.

The confidential 'cicero' files

But then, events took a strange twist.
NONEAttorney-general Abdul Gani Patail (right) stepped in and he was alleged to have used the ACA to access highly confidential files (dubbed the "cicero") on the case.

It is understood that no one, including the IGP and AG, was allowed to have access to the ‘cicero' files since a particular handling officer had been entrusted with them.

The move to use the ACA to intervene in the case sparked a huge uproar in the CCID as this amounted to interference in police work.

Nevertheless, the CCID was ordered to hand over the confidential files to the AG's Chambers, and as a result the cicero papers landed on the ACA's desk.

With the information from the confidential files, the ACA hunted down the whistleblowers whose information led to Tengku Goh's arrest.

The ACA used intimidation, fear tactics and days of interrogation to force the whistleblowers to change their previous statements.

Court documents in Tengku Goh's habeas corpus application also state that the kingpin's arrest and detention were not in accordance with the law as the action had been taken without the prior approval of IGP Musa.

With the informants changing their statements, Tengku Goh was eventually released from his restricted residence in Kelantan and allowed to return to Johor.

Malaysiakini had in 2007 published a special report on the scandal, piecing together information in the strange conflict within the very top echelon of the police force.

Last month, Ramli in his 60th birthday speech accused the AG's Chambers of reneging on its duty to draft affidavits in reply to Tengku Goh's habeas corpus application, resulting in Johari and Ramli having to seek lawyer Rosli Dahlan's help.

How ACA turned over the whistleblowers

A number of statutory declarations obtained by Malaysiakini, dated September 2007, relate how the ACA had coerced the whistleblowers to change their testimony.

According to one informant, the ACA officers visited his home and told him that it was "a pity for Tengku Goh to be thrown in a Malay kampong, and this was discriminatory (aniaya) to Tengku".

aca police corruption ramli yusuff tit for tat 191107 new versi"The officer also asked whether I knew Tengku was betrayed because he is a friend of IGP Musa. I did not know whether this was a serious or funny question. This got me worried.

"The officer also said the ACA was on Musa's side. I did not know what he meant and I was given a warning not to lie as the real thing was known by the ACA given that ‘all the secrets had been revealed'.

"I did not protest at what he said, but this made me even more worried," says the informant in the statutory declaration.

The whistleblower added that the ACA officers wanted him to "cooperate" with the anti-graft body so the matter could be closed.

He eventually succumbed to the ACA's request after five straight days of interrogation, and he was shown photographs to identify the police officers who took his statement.

"I made this statutory declaration (on the turnover) voluntarily as I fear for my family and my safety given that the information which I had given (earlier to the police) had been leaked.

"Others will now be scared to give information as they will be afraid that their identities can be compromised," laments the informant in the sworn statement.

Identities of police informants exposed

Another individual said in his statutory declaration that he was neither afraid of the police or ACA but feared that the frequency of having the anti-graft body contact him would make it more likely for word to get out to the underworld that he was a possible informant leading to Goh's arrest.

This, he said, would endanger his and his family's lives.

Yet another whistleblower who made a statutory declaration said he had asked the ACA officer interrogating him whether Tengku Goh's men knew about the matter and the response was "yes".

"I inquired that if Tengku Goh was released, can the ACA protect me and he replied that if I cooperate with the ACA, I will be given protection. I told him I was not afraid of the police or ACA, but the gangsters hired by the kingpin.

"Before leaving the interrogation room, an ACA officer showed his pistol and said the ACA is as strong as the police. The police are more afraid of the ACA and you should not be afraid of the police.

"I am more confused over the ACA officer's remark, which seemed to come across to me like a form of intimidation," says the informant in his sworn statement.

Ramli volunteers to testify in tribunal

Malaysiakini has asked Musa to respond to the accusation that he and AG Abdul Gani had fixed Ramli and his men, and allegedly protected an underworld figure.

He gave a curt response: "That you have to ask the AG."

ramli yusuff asset declare case 120310 04Ramli (right), when contacted byMalaysiakini to verify the facts and allegations in the statutory declarations, said he was willing to testify should there be a tribunal set up by Parliament against the former police chief and the attorney-general.

He added that he has new evidence regarding Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's black-eye incident and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chairperson Tajudin Ramli - the two incidences which he was personally involved in when he was in the police force.

Ramli, in his birthday speech last Feb 29, revealed how the ACA was used by Abdul Gani to help Musa nail him and his men, where they were charged of wrongdoing but were eventually acquitted by the court.

The former CCID chief had also in 2007 said that he suspectedsomething was amiss in the ACA probe in which, he alleged, he and his officers had been victimised.

Both Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang and Pokok Sena MP MahfuzOmar have previously called for a tribunal to be set up by the Parliament to put Abdul Gani and Musa on trial

Sixty Tips from Holy Quran

Sixty Tips from Holy Quran (the numbers in parenthese denote Chapter/verse)
1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion,
colour, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception [33/70]

3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way [17/53,

4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [31/19]

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious

6. Do not confound truth with falsehood [2/42]

7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart [3/167]

8. Speak in a civilised manner in a language that is recognised by the
society and is commonly used [4/5]

9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative

10. Do not be a bragging boaster [31/18]

11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain [23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play,
then pass by with dignity [25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious
or overt [6/151].

14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct
yourself expeditiously [3/134].

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people [31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit [17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace [31/19]

18. Walk with humility and sedateness [25/63]

19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious
stares [24/30-31, 40/19].

20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep
your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without full
knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favourable
view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter.
Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in
ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct
knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must
verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held
accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning [17/36].

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and
nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with
knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h]
was asked to keep praying, "O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge."

25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of
one family, brothers and sisters unto one another [49/10].

26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others [49/11]

27. Do not defame others [49/11]

28. Do not insult others by nicknames [49/11]

29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might
deplete your communal energy [49/12]

30. Spy not upon one another [49/12]

31. Do not backbite one another [49/12]

32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for
safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a
courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more
courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy [4/86]

33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else,
compliment the inmates [24/61]

34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought
permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing, purity and
pleasure [24/27]

35. Treat kindly -Your parents-Relatives- The orphans-And those who have
been left alone in the society [4/36]

36. Take care of -The needy,-The disabled-Those whose hard earned
income is insufficient to meet their needs-And those whose businesses have
stalled -And those who have lost their jobs. [4/36]

37. Treat kindly -Your related neighbours, and unrelated
neighbours-Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [4/36]

38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the
street,and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition [4/36]

39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [4/36]

40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with
reminders of your generosity [2/262].

41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with
others  in evil and bad matters [5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues

44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways
Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds
yourself then preach [2/44]

45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct

46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of
ignorance, and then repents and amends [6/54, 3/134]

47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions
to creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfort to
people [3/134]

48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful
exhortation. Reason with them most decently [16/125]

49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the
Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement [6/70]

50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they
engage in some other conversation [4/140]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [4/54]

52. In your collective life, make rooms for others [58/11]

53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too
early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in
bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host [33/53]

54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation [7/31].

55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly [17/26]

56. Fulfil your promises and commitments [17/34]

57. Keep yourself clean, pure [9/108, 4/43, 5/6].

58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite
character from inside out [7/26]

59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour [29/17, 2/188]

60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe
the  officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions [2/188]