IGP tries to be nice with editors at ‘breakfast’ talk
Four days after a dozen journalists were assaulted and photo equipment damaged, police public relations at Bukit Aman invited — or pleaded with or cajoled or harassed — editors to meet the Inspector-General of Police this morning for what was described as a “breakfast meeting”.
It should be going on at the time of writing (10am Wednesday).
The meeting is part of the government’s public relations damage control tactics in trying to be seen as caring and concerned, after police attacked journalists covering the Bersih mass public rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
Prime minister Najib Tun Razak was quick to turn up at the bedside of reporter Radzi Razak on Sunday and was said to have whispered an apology. Najib’s cousin Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who had dropped by earlier, was reported to have assured Radzi of an investigation.
The government has made no apology in public for what it has ordered and condoned, beyond the public relations exercise of the prime minister making a photo-call and the home minister quietly dropping by at the hospital.
Radzi, a reporter with the Sun, was beaten up by as many as eight police at Jalan Raja.
No one from the police has yet apologised for their actions.
The police, when questioned on Saturday for their actions, often shrugged and merely say “Arahan dari atas”.
The people who gave those arahan have said and done nothing to show they are truly sorry for what happened, but instead have exerted continuous pressure on editors to play down all reporting of injuries and injustices suffered by journalists.