Pakatan Harapan (PH) youth representatives today lodged a report at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s allegation of political interference in police matters.
The report was lodged by PH youth chief Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin accompanied by Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) deputy chief Syed Badli Shah Syed Osman, and DAP Socialist Youth chief (DAPSY) Howard Lee Chuan How.
Shazni Munir said among the issues they had highlighted to MACC today was corruption involved when luring the support of politicians towards the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, Hamid’s allegation against Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin interfering in police transfers which involved the appointment of the IGP, state police chief and transfers of senior officers in Special Branch.
“On corruption involving party hopping among MPs we have filed an official complaint with MACC.
“Second is the abuse of power by the home minister who had interfered in deciding positions of senior officers in the police force, as we all know in a recent viral audio clip where he (Hamzah) mentioned ‘budak kita’ (our boy in Malay terms), it’s unacceptable.
“We also insisted MACC to probe on the recent claim of Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador saying that the home minister has abused his power to use Special Branch to reach his political mileage,” he said in a press conference in front of MACC office today.
Syed Badli added that PH Youth wants Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to “rest” Hamzah until the investigation ends.
“We urged the prime minister to rest Hamzah Zainudin from the Home Ministry as many reports have been lodged against him,” he said.
This morning, it was reported that Hamid is claiming that Hamzah wants to decide who leads the Special Branch Department (SB) allegedly for his own political interests.
Hamid also alleged that the home minister has meddled with some SB operations without going into further details.
During a press conference last Friday, Hamid reportedly said that Hamzah’s interference in police matters was unnecessary and blamed him for the emergence of different “camps” within the police force.
He added that Hamzah, in his capacity as the president of the Police Force Commission (PFC), insisted on deciding the transfers of police officers.
On the same day, during a closed-door event in Putrajaya to mark the appointment of Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani as the new IGP, Hamzah admitted that it was his voice in a viral audio clip discussing the appointment of police personnel to the force.
He added that he had done nothing wrong and that the one who had committed the offence was the person who had secretly recorded his conversations.
Meanwhile, five PH lawmakers also lodged a police report over Hamid’s claims.
The MPs who filed separate reports were Fahmi Fadzil (Lembah Pantai), Teresa Kok (Seputeh), Maria Chin Abdullah (Petaling), Tan Yee Kew (Wangsa Maju) and Hatta Ramli (Lumut).
Fahmi said they decided to file reports after watching Hamid’s final press conference last week where he made several allegations concerning Hamzah’s meddling in the police force.
“The press conference contained several serious allegations, including abuse of power or interference in the police force.
“There was also the allegation of an unnamed individual who took a private jet to Sabah, after which there were people who left certain political parties.
“This is the first time we are seeing an open allegation made by the IGP against the minister of home affairs.
“This warrants a serious investigation by the police,” Fahmi said.
Fahmi also said he lodged a separate report against Hamzah that he had used the Special Branch to serve his political purpose.
“I have made a separate police report against Hamzah. This one is just by me alone.
“It is an extremely serious allegation. A damning allegation,” Fahmi said.
A police report has also been lodged over Hamzah’s “our boy” recording by the pro-tem head of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air’s women wing Che Asmah Ibrahim at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters yesterday.
Included in the police report was Hamid’s criticism of Hamzah for political interference.
“I am concerned that there are elements of abuse of power, corruption and political interference for the personal interest of certain individuals in the Perikatan Nasional-BN government,” she said in a statement.