Koh Jun Lin Published
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said he would have no qualms about allowing PKR to meet the Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief regarding the murder of native customary land rights activist Bill Kayong.
However, he turned down the party’s request to meet the investigation team probing the murder, saying it was unnecessary.
“Why is there a need for her (PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar) or anybody to meet the team itself?
“Isn’t it better to meet the chief and convey whatever their concerns are to the chief, and let the chief himself know what are your concerns?” he told a press conference in Bukit Aman today.
Earlier this morning, Nurul Izzah led a group to hand over a memorandum to Khalid calling for justice for Kayong.
Among others, she asked to meet the investigating team for the latest information about the case, following news that six people had been remanded for investigations last week.
“What is worrying is the series of threats (made) towards other PKR leaders, including the Miri division chief and the local MP, Dr Michael Teo,” she added.
Kayong was Teo’s political secretary, as well as the Bekenu PKR candidate during the Sarawak state election in May.
He was shot dead in Miri on the morning of June 21 while waiting at an intersection in his vehicle. He was 43 years old.
According to Bernama, the police have since arrested six people in relation to the murder on June 30 and July 1, and have remanded them for seven days.
Meanwhile, when asked about the memorandum, Khalid said he has yet to read it, nor has he been briefed about it.
This is because he had just returned to Bukit Aman in the afternoon when the press conference was held.
Based on what reporters told him of the memorandum however, he said, “I think there are no problems. Not the investigation team, but she (Nurul Izzah) may want to meet my officers in Sarawak.
“I don’t mind. That can be arranged, but she doesn’t have to meet the investigation team,” he said.
He stressed that no stone would be left unturned in investigating Kayong’s murder, and the police are still on the case.
“Please. Don’t think that just because he is an opposition party supporter, the police would not take any action. Don’t think of such thoughts.
“Our responsibility is to safeguard life and property, and we will fulfil our duty,” he said.