KUALA LUMPUR – Retiring Malaysia police chief Abdul Hamid Bador has induced ripples by alleging corruption amongst senior ranks of the police pressure.
Simply weeks earlier than his retirement in Could, Inspector Common of Police (IGP) Hamid stated he knew of former police chiefs utilizing serving law enforcement officials to do their bidding, although he didn’t say what these had been.
“I urge my personnel to finish this tradition and are available to their senses. The tradition of taking cash from the underside to the highest, for the IGP,” he was quoted as saying by The Solar Every day newspaper on Monday (March 22).
“Even the officers on the bottom are afraid to take motion as a result of the IGP desires it. This was taking place earlier than,” in response to Tan Sri Hamid, 62.
He claimed that these senior officers who’ve retired from the pressure are nonetheless attempting to implement their powers in in search of favours from the police.
“It solely takes one dangerous apple to damage the entire establishment, however are you able to think about if we had tons of?” he instructed The Straits Instances on Tuesday.
“I do know there have been some snarky feedback saying I needs to be embarrassed to see so a lot of my males being nabbed throughout my tenure. However why ought to I be? It solely means I am doing my job, which is to cleanse the pressure, and I must do it earlier than my time runs out,” he stated in a telephone interview.
Whereas the police pressure has lengthy been perceived as corruption-ridden, the allegations by the standing police chief was explosive.
Mr Hamid was brought back to the police force to move the Particular Department following the election victory of Pakatan Harapan in Could 2018.
He was deputy director of the Particular Department in 2015, when he and a number of other prime senior authorities officers had been eliminated for probing the 1Malaysia Growth Berhad (1MDB) case. He was transferred to the Prime Minister’s Division and shortly opted for early retirement.
IGP Hamid final Thursday stated there was a “cartel” within the pressure working to topple him to dominate the establishment to permit them to hold out “soiled works” for his or her private acquire.
Residence Minister Hamzah Zainudin responded, saying it was the primary time he had heard of the declare, and urged the IGP to report the matter to the Police Pressure Fee (PFC).
The gorgeous declare of longstanding corruption within the pressure, involving even his predecessor or predecessors, sparked requires open investigations.
It led critics to revisit the formation of the Impartial Police Complaints and Misconduct Fee, or IPCMC, which the pressure has resisted for years, as outsiders would be capable of intervene in its affairs.
Democratic Motion Occasion secretary-general Lim Guan Eng referred to as for a Royal Fee of Inquiry (RCI), saying that the difficulty was not an inside matter and shouldn’t be handled internally by the PFC.
“Solely an RCI can clear up the police pressure from such corrupt components and salvage the popularity of the vast majority of law enforcement officials and personnel not concerned in such nefarious actions,” he was quoted as saying by information website Free Malaysia As we speak on Tuesday.
The revelation has additionally acquired the eye of former police chief Musa Hassan, who claimed that unhealthy previous practices inside the ranks have persevered.
“Once I was IGP, I attempted to do the identical factor (take motion in opposition to errant officers) however to no avail. My contract ended earlier than I may cleanse the pressure in its entirety of irresponsible officers,” he was quoted as saying by Malay day by day Sinar Harian. Tan Sri Musa was the IGP between 2006 and 2010.