IGP dismisses claim he is seeking to extend his tenure

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Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador rubbished claims that he deliberately exposed the existence of an alleged “police cartel” prior to his retirement, to secure an extension of service.

“No! That’s not me. I have a sense of pride in me. Once I retire, I won’t get involved in the force. I’m going to go back to farming, again.

“I don’t have such ambitions to stay on and I’m confident that my colleagues are fully capable of continuing where I leave off,” he told reporters in Bukit Aman today.

He stressed that his intentions were nothing short of making sure the force remains respectable with high integrity, without any old cultures creeping back in when he leaves.

Abdul Hamid also said he knows the people responsible for the cartel but will not publicly name anyone.

“My information is verified, and I know who they are. But I have not taken any disciplinary action against these officers.

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“I’m hoping that this group will repent before they are made to don the orange attire,” he said reassuring the public that the situation is well under his control.

He added that during his time, over 100 personnel have had action taken against them and have worn the orange lock-up suit (baju jingga).

“Why must you regret now, I have already given reminders and warnings in the past,” he said.

For those who accused him of washing dirty linen within the force in public, he said he was just stating the truth because the force belonged to the public.

“I want them to know that I know. I just stand up here to tell the truth,” he said.

He added that it is no harm for any officer to have high ambitions, but the means or ways used to achieve those ambitions should be proper.

“The problem starts when the ambition is coupled with unhealthy practices, and I always advise those involved to stop.

“If you aspire to be the Inspector-General of Police, that is fine but do it the right way and give it your best but not for personal gain,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) has called on Abdul Hamid to name and shame those who are said to be involved with the cartel within the police force.

“The exposure is very severe and worrisome because it portrays the existence of corruption deeply embedded within to the extent of influencing the workings and decision-making of the force.

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“Therefore, Muda is urging for the police to expose the names of individuals involved in the cartel and corruption, including former IGPs, politicians and businessmen,” they said in a statement.

The aforementioned demand was also included in a memorandum Muda submitted to the IGP earlier today.

Earlier today, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo urged Abdul Hamid to reconsider the latter’s intention to deal with the cartel within the police force internally.

He said Abdul Hamid’s allegations warrant open and transparent investigation with those concerned having to feel the full brunt of the law if an offence is proven to have been committed.

Gobind said the IGP should have had a report lodged so a probe can be launched into the said complaint, as this was a serious matter which impacted the integrity of the police force.

“Whilst I commend the IGP for speaking up on the matter and his push to clean up the police force, his actions must measure up to his words and address the serious nature of allegations made.

“To my mind, internal investigations alone will not be sufficient to deal with this problem.

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“Police officers, no matter how high their rank, are not above the law,” he said in a statement.