IGP tells MACC to probe “political frogs”

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The country’s top cop says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate politicians who have “party hopped”.

“I fight corruption in the force, but in politics, I see corruption everywhere. Why can’t they think about it?” said Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

“People drunk on power, willing to buy over others, threaten others. That’s corruption,” he told reporters at an event in Bukit Aman today.

“I want MACC to come in and take action. Don’t be afraid. It’s sickening. Malaysians are sick (of party-hopping).”

Hamid, who is retiring on May 3, said the MACC should probe incidences of party-hopping and not just leave it to the police.

He said this was important, as there was a need to restore the value of politics in the country.

“What I am afraid of, is that tomorrow the police will be used to serve political interests. That’s not impossible,” said Hamid who will be replaced by deputy IGP Acryl Sani Abdullah on May 4.

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Hamid also said police could have made “huge progress” last year in the case of kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi if only she and other groups had not interfered.

“I appealed to Indira. I told her to give me some time, not to meddle and not to make any statements, but she didn’t keep her promise,” Hamid said.

He added that statements issued by non-governmental organisations had also “frightened off” Indira’s former husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, and temporarily severed communications.