Police not 'targeting' duo over snake pit incident: Malaysia police chief

IPOH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police have recorded statements from two people over a viral video which showed school pupils wading through a muddy pit with snakes.  

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the duo - the recorder of the video and the person who uploaded it - were not "targeted" as claimed in social media.  

"We are not 'shooting the messenger', but we need to take their statements to know what actually happened.  

"They are the first-hand witnesses, we need to know about the overall training, and therefore their statements have been recorded," he told reporters after attending a ceremony to honour former orang asli from the senoi praaq troupe in conjunction with the 47th anniversary of the VAT 69 commandos unit on Sunday (Oct 23).  

He was commenting on a "bootcamp" involving pupils from SK Beluru in Kuala Kangsar who were asked to cross a muddy pit with snakes.  

 
 

The bootcamp at the Civil Defence Force (CDF) headquarters in Kuala Kangsar last weekend was jointly organised by CDF and the school.  

Tan Sri Khalid said some 21 statements have been recorded from witnesses over the case so far.  

"All the witnesses, including the two, have cooperated with us in the investigations," he said. "So there is no need for people to make comments that the two main witnesses must be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act.  

"We are not targeting the two, people must understand that we need to record their statements," he added.