A rights group wants a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to be set up to investigate Abdul Hamid Bador’s claim of an internal conspiracy to oust the inspector-general of police.
Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT) group said an RCI would serve to identify the cops wishing to seize control of the police force to further their own ends.
“The statement from Abdul Hamid sounded as though he was pleading with the government to take action.
“EDICT believes that this police cabal already has tentacles in every police department, so it makes sense to have an independent body like an RCI investigate and identify those involved,” said the group.
EDICT said the IGP’s revelations showed there was an urgent need for the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints & Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
“In this situation, the government cannot depend on the police to investigate its own as members of this cabal may already have a hold over some departments in the police force.
“If the government continues to act like it does not care, we worry that the country will be ruled by ruthless enforcers in uniform who will threaten the peace,” it said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin today sought to defend himself after asking Hamid to report his allegation of a so-called “cartel” which the latter claimed is trying to bring him down.
Hamzah said he had requested the full report from Hamid, as he did not want the matter to create negative perception against the police among the public.
“IGP himself announced it to the public and as I have said yesterday, I as the minister was not informed about the matter early,” he told a press conference.
“I texted the IGP yesterday and told him that I want a full report so that we can inform the public accurately.
“I don’t want [the allegations to create a bad perception,” he added.
Hamzah said this is also the reason why he had instructed the IGP to report the matter to the (SPP).
Yesterday, Abdul Hamid himself made the disclosure in the exclusive interview with Sinar Harian on the alleged existence of a cartel in the police force involving younger police officers trying to topple him.
According to Abdul Hamid, the cartel also wanted to gain control and dominate the security forces in the country to achieve their personal agenda.
Abdul Hamid, however, did not explain how exactly these officers could have the power or authority to affect his position. He is already due to retire in May this year.
When asked about Hamid’s performance as the IGP, Hamzah said he was satisfied and happy with the performance so far.