KUCHING: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan has defended party members who have been called in by the police recently in relation to the party’s activities.
“Members of PBK are all law-abiding citizens. They are good Christians, Buddhist and Muslims and they are strong in their faith,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 19).
He said in past weeks, about twenty members from PBK were called by people who claimed that they were from the Police Department or from the Police Special Branch wanting to interview them about their political activities.
“There is no law in this country for the police to call any citizen for interview just to dig their personal activities or to know them better. They can only call the citizens to assist in investigation into a crime, nothing else,” he said.
Voon said he himself has been officially called by the police to give a statement in connection with the vision of the party for crimes under the Sedition Act and the Communications and Multimedia Act.
He said Sarawakians, especially, those in the rural areas were unhappy when they came to know many party members received calls purportedly from the Special Branch for interviews.
“If these were from the police, then it is bad because the public are against the use of police to clamp down politicians and activists who are doing their work according to the law.
“There are too many crimes that remained unsolved and police are urged to do what they should do for the good of the nation,” he said.
Voon who is a former Batu Lintang assemblyman said he has been actively involved in politics for more than 20 years.
“Never have I heard the Special Branch had wanted to call so many people from one political party or organisation for an interview for their activities or just to know them. This is the first time and it is shocking,” he claimed.