Furore over Malaysia minister's 'shoot first' remark
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian opposition and rights groups on Thursday demanded the sacking of the home minister as outrage mounts over his remark calling for police to "shoot first" when confronting criminal suspects.
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the minister responsible for internal security, made the comment at a gathering last Friday to discuss security in the wake of a recent spike in violent crime.
"What is the situation of robbery victims, murder victims during shootings? I think that the best way is we no longer compromise with them.
"There is no need to give them any warning. If we get the evidence, we shoot first," he was quoted as saying in an audio recording made public by the online news portal Malaysiakini.