KUALA LUMPUR: Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam said today a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the Memali incident should be set up only after the 14th General Election to avoid it being misused for political interests and to fish for votes.
He said a post-election atmosphere of political calm and peace would prevent any quarters from exploiting the tragedy, which involved the loss of lives, for political gain.
Holding the RCI after the general election would be a wiser move and more consistent with the purpose, establishment and proceedings of the RCI to investigate the incident, he said in a statement.
He said the matter that had to be considered was the right time for the setting up of the RCI and the objective of establishing it should not be to meet any short-term political agenda to the extent of sacrificing the truth and deviating from the objective of wanting to establish the truth.
Musa, who was the Home Minister during the Memali incident that took place on Nov 19, 1985, said he had no problem with the setting up of the RCI so long as it was done with the right intention to seek facts and the truth without prejudice, and its establishment was in accordance with the Federal Constitution and laws of the country. – Bernama