GEORGE TOWN, Sept 1, 2014 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has challenged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to a debate on the Voluntary Patrol Team (PPS), if the latter thinks he’s in the right. “If he thinks he’s right in instructing for the arrest of the 156 PPS members, then I hereby challenge him to a debate on the legality of the PPS. “I wonder if he (IGP Khalid) is game enough for a debate? Is he brave enough?” said Lim outside the Northeast District Police Headquarters before the remand proceedings of the 156 PPS members arrested yesterday. The PPS members were rounded up by police after the state Merdeka Day parade at the Penang Esplanade and were brought to the Lebuh Pantai police station at about 10.05am before being transferred to the Northeast District Police Headquarters at about noon.
“Although the PPS is not as strong as the PDRM in terms of numbers, we are strong in spirit and solidarity. “I wish to congratulate the IGP for what he’s done in his show of power against us in making us realise the manpower of PDRM of 70,000,” added Lim. Lim asked if he would be next to be arrested and put in the police lock-up just like state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh who is in charge of the PPS. Phee was detained after giving his statement. Members of the press including some ten lawyers representing the 156 arrested have been staking out the police station in Jalan Patani since 8am today. Those detained are expected to be remanded this morning.