IGP Khalid Confirms Retirement Next Month

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Noor Rashid Ibrahim to take over from Khalid.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has confirmed he is retiring next month after four years as the nation’s top cop.

“My tenure ends at the age of 60,” said Khalid, who turns 60 on Sep 5.

His deputy, Noor Rashid Ibrahim, will replace him as the IGP. Noor Rashid, 59, was made the deputy inspector-general of police in December 2014.

“As for now, the deputy inspector-general will take over,” Khalid said.

He had previously declined to comment when asked if his contract would be extended.

Hailing from Seremban, Khalid joined the police force at the age of 19.

His tenure saw numerous large-scale and high-profile cases, including the assassination North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam and the murder of deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais, as well as pro-government and opposition rallies which came under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

He had been criticised for his use of Twitter to announce the investigation of social media posts deemed “seditious”.

In June, he admitted to knowing Gopinathan Krishnan, also known as Gopi, the man who allegedly collected bribes to protect illegal gambling centres and massage parlours in Melaka.

On Jul 24, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Abu Talib Othman said the investigation into allegations of policemen protecting illegal gambling outlets and vice dens was ongoing.

Hanipa Maidin (Amanah-Sepang) had asked why there was no action taken against the IGP and on Jul 31, the home ministry said in a written reply to the question said that it was up to the MACC whether to call the IGP to testify if he had contact with Gopi, a key suspect in the Melaka vice protection racket.

The last that was heard of the case was on Aug 3 when the MACC said it was seeking 12 individuals to help in the investigation.

Nine police officers and three others have been arrested so far in the probe.

On 14 Aug, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali sought a court order to compel the IGP to take the necessary actions to locate and extradite Jho Low to Malaysia to face various criminal charges.

Earlier, Azmin had issued a notice of demand for the IGP to take relevant actions against Low for alleged wrongdoings involving 1MDB.

Citing ongoing investigations into 1MDB as the reason he would not comply with Azmin’s demand, he said he would face Azmin in court.

Related reports:

Aug 14, Azmin Makes Good His Threat to Take IGP to Court over Refusal to Nab Jho Low

Aug 4, Khalid Won’t Comply with Azmin’s 1MDB Demand

Aug 3, 12 Men Wanted to Assist in Melaka Vice Protection Racket

Jul 19, MACC Denies Ops Gopi Investigations Called Off

Jun 15, DPM Says Nothing Criminal in Relationship Between IGP and Protection Racket Suspect