Outgoing IGP will not challenge Acryl Sani’s appointment

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Outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador will not challenge the appointment of his successor Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani as the nation’s new top cop.

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Responding to reports by a news portal that Acryl Sani’s appointment as the 13th IGP was disputable since it was done so when the nation is still under a state of emergency, Abdul Hamid said he does not wish to be in the limelight any more and instead wants to focus on his farm following his retirement.

“No, no, no (I will not challenge the appointment of Acryl Sani). Enough for me. I want to run away from this limelight.

“It is not that I am sick of it or whatsoever. I need a break to do something which I love the most…which is my farm. It will provide me peace.

“It is not that I am ‘chickening out’ from my responsibilities to correct things,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Parti Pejuang Tanah Airku (Pejuang) in a statement said that Section 15 of the Police Act 1967 did not allow for the retirement or resignation of police officers when the country is under a state of emergency.

Abdul Hamid added that he was unaware of Acryl Sani’s appointment as the incoming IGP until the latter informed him about the matter yesterday morning.

“I thought it could only be done next Monday (after his last day). Who knows, someone else might have ‘potong jalan’ (meddled with the appointment),” Abdul Hamid said.