The police should have made a major arrest on rioters involved in a fracas at Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya, says former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Musa Hassan. (NSTP Archive)

KUALA LUMPUR: The police should have made a major arrest on rioters involved in a fracas at Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya, says former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

Musa said the late action taken by the police in apprehending the rioters has delayed the identification of those who committed offences during the riot.

He said the police should have arrested them when the situation was still heated as the information would still be new at that point.

“For example, during my tenure with PDRM, a total of 130 individuals were arrested during the Hindraf gathering at Ampang Park on the day itself.

“The situation was similar to the temple riot. Participants at the Hindraf gathering injured several policemen and firemen, and damaged public as well as police vehicles.

“However, at that moment, all the information were still ‘hot’ (new) because we did a major arrest before we conducted further investigation,” he said when contacted today.

Musa said the trespassing of the temple, the attack on civil servants and the riot were handled late.

“It is therefore most appropriate if the action could be taken earlier based on the new information, instead of detecting individuals when the information was no longer fresh,” he said.

However, he did not blame the police in handling the situation as he was confident that they have their own strategy.

He suggested for the police to take a holistic approach in gathering information in connection with the riot which led to the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

“I hope that police will work on all the information they have to identify those involved in the riot.

“The investigating officers also need to make sure they have strong evidence so those who killed Muhammad Adib would be served justice,” he said.