The Inspector-General of Police told reporters in Kuala Lumpur a while ago that the blogger Penarik Beca or Bakaq is being investigated for "humiliating" the police force.
How did Bakaq humiliate the force? The blogger apparently transformed the TIGER on the police emblem into a DOG!
I don't agree with the act of doggying the cops that way. Like the hippies calling the police PIGS in. Like most of you who are unhappy with some bloggers' decision to raise an inverted flag on Merdeka as a sign of protest.
But is it seditious?
As I see it, Bakaq's detention is another example of police over-reaction. Bakaq's defaced emblem is nothing compared with the missing RM1 million syabu stolen while in the cops' possession in Johor Bahru this week, to cite just one latest example.
The decision to pick him up in the middle of the night did more damage to the police force than a hundred of Bakaq's worst postings on the cops.
I would like to appeal to the IGP to release Bakaq immediately, without charge, and use the feedback given on blogs and on the Net to improve the image of the Force.
There are many Malaysians out there who still hold the police in high esteem, so don't piss them off (or let them down).