Malaysia Consultative Council of Islam Organisations (Mapim) president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said the RCI will also ensure no similar mistake will happen in future. Pic by NSTP/ SAIRIEN NAFIS

ALOR STAR: The setting up of Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Memali incident will help expose the person responsible in the incident.

It also would allow the person to be dragged to court to face a charge for the incident that saw 18 people killed and left many others injured.

Malaysia Consultative Council of Islam Organisations (Mapim) president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said the RCI will also ensure no similar mistake will happen in future.

However, he admit that the prosecution process would involve complicated procedure and it needs to be expediated.

“Although there was a white paper on the incident but the explanation on the issue is not enough.

“But if we charge the person for the incident, surely the individual will not remain quiet thus the process will be long and complicated,” he said when contacted.

He was commenting on calls to expedite the establishment of the RCI to investigate the 1985 Memali incident.

According to Mohd Azmi, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be called by the RCI to explain about the incident to avoid any misunderstanding.

He said by giving his explanation, it will allow the people to evaluate his sincerity on the issue if he is chosen as the prime mnister if Pakatan Harapan wins the 14th General Election.

“If that happen, then Dr Mahathir can show his true self, whether he is honest and transparent so the people could see for themselves the implication of RCI if he is chosen as the next premier,” he said.

In the Memali incident on Nov 19, 1985, violence erupted when villagers resisted the police's attempt to arrest religious teacher and local Pas leader Ibrahim Mahmud, better known as Ibrahim Libya, under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for deviant teachings, an allegation rejected by Pas.

Dr Mahathir was prime minister at the time of the incident in Kampung Memali in Baling, that saw a confrontation between police and Ibrahim and his supporters.

Translated from Berita Harian

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