Message from Rama Ramanathan of Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED):

From Rama: I’m to be investigated by the police

Today (5 November) I’ve received several requests for information about a news report that I’m to be investigated by the police. This is an update for family and friends.

I am to be investigated for “Intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace” and for “Improper use of network facilities or network service, etc.”

Those are offences under sections 504 and 233 of the Penal Code and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Act respectively.

According to the Investigating Officer who informed me today of the investigations, the offences may spring from an article I published “about Jufazli.”

I believe he was referring to my article titled “This sister may have foiled an attempt by the police to disappear her brother.” (link)

That article was published on 20 October 2019. In the two weeks since then, I have published three other articles on the same blog. Like the article about Jufazli’s sister, the three articles are also about the police.

The articles include facts recounted by witnesses and my opinions about what those facts reveal, in light of the Suhakam Inquiry’s conclusion that the police are behind the enforced disappearances of Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh.

I believe I speak for a very large number of Malaysians when I say that the government has taken the case of Amri and Raymond way too lightly.

I believe there is much truth in what IGP Tan Sri Haniff Bador is reported to have said: “a few bad cops give the police a bad name.”

I believe there is a need for long-form reporting of cases of public interest – reporting beyond a few hundred words and a few juicy elements.

I believe there must be a commitment to truth and I must exemplify it – even when the truth is derived from linking together various bits of information.

Therefore, I write as I do.

At lunch time today the Investigation Officer and I agreed that I would appear at Bukit Aman Police Headquarters for questioning on Monday 11 November at 2.30 pm.

The IO has subsequently contacted me several times to arrange for an earlier appointment. I have declined as I do not share his sense of urgency and therefore do not see a need to disrupt my schedule to suit his.

If, after consulting his superiors, it is decided that I must be questioned earlier, he will issue a “111 notice” in which he will stipulate a time and which, by law, I must obey.

I thank you for the concern you have shown for me. I ask you to pray and act, not for me, but for justice in our nation. Many activists are walking with me and supporting me. I am grateful.