Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador is the new acting Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
Highly regarded as a Special Branch man, Hamid:
- a victim of alleged crackdown on investigators looking into 1MDB and SRC International scandal involving then PM Najib
- transferred to Prime Minister’s Department where he did not clock in
- refused to go quietly, went public with damning allegations
- claimed “certain powers” hiding witnesses in the investigation into SRC
- urged then A-G Gani to go public on preparation to charge Najib
- alleged Rosmah of “troubling” police officers, forcing them to escort her on shopping trips
- returned as Special Branch director after GE14
Hamid takes over from outgoing Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, who officially retires on March 17 after over 35 years in service.
He will hold the post in an acting position until an official decision on the matter is made.
Four years ago, Hamid alleged that he was a victim of a conspiracy when he was removed as the Special Branch deputy chief and transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department.
This was related to the alleged crackdown on investigators looking into the 1MDB and SRC International scandal involving the then prime minister, Najib Razak.
Refusing to go quietly, Hamid did not clock in at the Prime Minister’s Department, and 10 days after his removal, went public and claimed he was removed for his insistence on looking into the 1MDB scandal.
He also claimed “certain powers” were hiding witnesses in the investigation into SRC International.
Hamid also revealed that he had met with then attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail two days before the latter was removed.
Gani’s removal was widely seen as an attempt to kill the 1MDB investigation amid speculation that he was preparing to charge Najib.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, following the formation of the Pakatan government, confirmed that Gani had prepared a charge sheet.
While Gani kept a low profile after his removal, Hamid also publicly pushed the former attorney-general to go public on what he knew.
Hamid had also taken aim at Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor, claiming that she was present at a meeting between Najib and then deputy prime minister and home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other top officials on his removal. Rosmah’s aide had denied this.
He had also accused Rosmah of “troubling” his officers, lamenting that they were forced to escort her on her shopping trips.
Suppression of the 1MDB investigation fizzled when Najib was defeated in the 2018 general election.
After Pakatan Harapan came into power, Hamid returned as Special Branch director last May.
The ceremony for the handover of duties was held at the Central Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur this morning, witnessed by federal police chief Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, who is also due to retire in May.
“I’ll miss you. I’m happy to go, to be with my wife and family. But I’m sad to leave all my officers that had been with me during my difficult times.
“I thought I was strong,” said Rashid emotionally between tears in his farewell speech.
The veteran policemen added that he plans to make use of his retirement by picking up the pen.
“I want to write about the police force and the struggles they face. The public should know,” he said.
The IGP, in his response speech, also quipped that Rashid could start farming as well, as he was known to have an affinity towards gardening.
Rashid leaves the police force today having completed his extended term as deputy IGP. He was initially supposed to retire at the age of 60 on March 17, 2018, but saw his service extended by a year.
Earlier report: Feb 25, Special Branch Chief: No One Told Me I’ll be Next IGP