An MP and an anti-graft NGO have called for former inspector-general of police (IGP) Abdul Hamid Bador to provide proof of his claims on the existence of a cartel of ‘dirty cops’.
Klang MP Charles Santiago said Hamid should make such evidence public.
Transparency International Malaysia president Muhammad Mohan said Hamid should not only reveal the basis of his allegations but issue a statement on his side of the story.
“The public will not easily accept this issue being resolved lightly, especially when the former top officer in the police force makes such serious allegations against his own men,” he said.
Before he retired in April last year, Hamid alleged that there was a cartel of ‘dirty cops’ which had conspired with criminals to topple him.
Following its investigations into the matter, the EAIC said yesterday that it was unable to determine the truth behind Hamid’s allegations.
EAIC chairman Sidek Hassan said based on witness testimony and documents obtained by the commission, it could not confirm the existence of a cartel of ‘dirty cops’ within the police force.
In an immediate response, Hamid claimed that Sidek was not familiar with the system in the police force and expressed his disappointment on the findings by the EAIC.
According to The Star, he called the EAIC findings on the matter “shallow and incorrect”.
“On paper, it shows the process (of appointments, transfers and promotions of police personnel and officers) is transparent and hard to penetrate.
“However, there are bad elements that disrupt the process,” he was quoted as saying.
The Star also reported Abdul Hamid as saying he had raised the matter in a statement sincerely “for the sake of the country”.
“I did it for the sake of the country. Be brave for the truth,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said the EAIC’s findings were at odds with Hamid’s revelation, and wondered if the investigations were incomplete.
He also questioned the commission on whether it took a statement from the former IGP in the course of its investigations and, if not, explain its reasons for not doing so.