Dear Mr. Home Minister,

Posted on August 22, 2018

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Please watch this video which is one of many that depicts the police violence at Bersih 2.0 on 9th July, 2011.

I want you to pay particular attention 55 seconds into the video, and then 3 minutes and 15 seconds into the video.

In both instances, you will see a police officer in near-full frontal.

And unlike the traffic officer below, they do not have their police ID number displayed on their uniforms.

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As far as I can recall, police officers of every rank always had their police ID number displayed prominently on their uniforms.

Not, though, during the violence of Bersih 2.0.

And not anymore since.

Now it’s as depicted in the 3 photographs below.

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In September, 2012, I was in Labuan to attend a Pakatan Rakyat event.

At the airport, given that many opposition politicians were arriving, there was a heavy police presence.

Again, I observed that those police officers did not have their ID numbers displayed on their uniform.

I approached the officer in charge to inquire about this.

“Ini seragam perang”, was the reply.

“Negara dalam keadaan perang, ke?”, I asked.

I got no reply.

Mr. Home Minister, please have this addressed immediately.

Uniformed police personnel, who are ordinarily armed, must have their ID numbers displayed prominently on their uniforms.

If, whilst on duty, there is any dereliction of duty, it must be easy to identify the officer or officers responsible.

I can only imagine that the present-day practice is to protect wrong-doers within the force from being identified.

Displaying the police ID number on the uniform used to be the practice before and, unless there is good reason, must be reinstated.

Immediately.