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TJ Sauk: PM memberi motif
By Kapal Berita
21/9/2000 8:51 pm Thu
Terjemahan ringkas/ambil inti sahaja:
PM memberi motif Kes Sauk
Pada 17/7/2000 - Mahdey memberi takziah kpd Mathew Medan.
Persoalannya: Apakah PM layak untuk memberi motif?
Bukankah ini tugas pidhak pendakwa - bukan tugas seorang PM?
Pembunuhnya tidak diketahui. Tiada dakwaan dibuat. Tiada saksi.
Kematian Mathew dan SB Sagadevan tidak dapat dijelaskan.
Malah Mohd Shah, seorang SB yang dinyatakan menjadi
tebusan turut hadir. Lapurannya tidak diketengahkan kpd awam.
Tidak mungkin dia tidak mengetahui kepala cerita apakah sebab
sebenar kematian2 itu. Selain itu ada ramai saksi lagi.
PM dilapurkan oleh wartawan NST, Shamsul Akmar dan Letitia Samuel
sebagai berkata bahawa pembunuhan itu bermotifkan politik:
"Rakyat hendaklah menolak mereka yg menyebarkan perasaan benci
dikalangan kaum dan penyokong berbilang ugama - kerana kegagalan
berbuat demikian akan menyebabkan rusuhan yg akan memusnahkan negara".
"Benar ada seorang Muslim yang telah disiksa oleh puak itu tapi dia
tidak dibunuh. Mereka membunuh Sagadewan dan Mathew kerana mereka
(Yang menarik PM tak menyebut Jafar Puteh yang menjadi pengganas dan
tebusan, iaitu pelakun serba serbi)
Sekarang kita teliti apa yang berlaku: (skip satu/dua perenggan)
Kakitangan hospital yang memeriksa mayat memberitahu kedua2 mangsa
tersebut sudah mati 4 hari lamanya. Jaafar Puteh dan Mohd Shah,
Sekarang sudah sukar untuk mendapatkan pengakuan bebas dari tebusan ini.
Mohd Shah telah ditukar ke Melaka.
Semua kakitangan hospital yang terlibat sudah di tukarkan kerja
ke tempat lain di Malaysia.
(Hmmm.... macam kes doktor Highland Towers aje.
Dan Hakim Hasnah yang membenarkan Anwar ketika lebam mendapat
rawatan 2 tahun dulu pun juga ditukarkan kerja hakimnya.)
The PM Provides A Motive by Harun Rashid
Sept 19, 2000
The Prime Minister Provides A Motive
In what must rank as a photograph for permanent posting,
the NST shows the prime minister and his wife offering
their condolences to the parents of the young Sarawak
ranger, Mathew Medan, who was brutally murdered during
the incident referred to as Sauk. The picture is in the
center of the front page on the edition of July 17, 2000.
The murderer is unknown. No charges have been brought.
There were witnesses. Yet both the death of ranger
Mathew Medan and Special Branch detective R. Sagadevan
are unexplained. Mohd Shah, another Special Branch
detective was present as another hostage. His report
has not been made public. He cannot have been unaware of
the exact circumstances of the deaths. The shots were
heard for a great distance. A large number of other
witnesses were present.
The prime minister, however, in a story which accompanies
the NST photo, offers his version of the motive behind
the killings. He is quoted by reporters Shamsul Akmar
and Letitia Samuel as saying that the killings of Mathew
and Sagadevan were politically motivated. He said, "The
people should reject those who spread hatred among the
races and followers of different religions as failure to
do so would result in riots which would destroy the country."
This theory of race riots is an interesting one, in that
Malaysia has not experienced serious racial discord for
over thirty years. Yet the prime minister makes it a
centerpiece of his political propaganda. The deaths in
Sauk fit neatly into his thesis that racial disharmony
He bolstered his argument for a racial motivation by pointing
out, "It is true that there was another Muslim who was tortured
by the group but he was not killed. They killed Sagadevan
and Mathew because they were non-Muslims." For some reason
the prime minister failed to mention Jaafar Puteh, who was also
a hostage and a Muslim. Perhaps Jaafar Putih was not an original
cast member, having appeared on the stage at the last moment.
The prime minister said the murderers wanted to "topple the
government" because they found it un-Islamic. "They wanted to establish
a new Islamic government," he said. If one extrapolates
from this overview, the two men were purposely shot in furtherance
of this goal. Thus they were political murders.
According to the pm's theory their intent was to foment racial
hatred as a means of undermining the Umno party. They meant to
alert the country that they constituted a national security
threat. So they shot Mathew and Sagadevan in the head as soon
as they caught them. Hospital personnel who examined the corpses
estimated that they had been dead four days. But a durian
collector, Jaafar Puteh, and Special Branch detective Mohd
Shah, both Muslims, were spared.
But now it will be a little more difficult to get the
independent testimony. Mohd Shah has been transferred to
Malacca. Jaafar Puteh, though kept in protective police
custody from his release on July 6 to July 18, died under
mysterious circumstances a short distance away. The hospital
personnel involved have all been transferred to other
parts of Malaysia.
It is an interesting theory. Now we await the trial evidence
to see if there is support for it. When special branch
detective Mohd Shah is called to tell how both Sagadevan
and Mathew were shot in the head we will know if the
prime minister is correct in his views.