Police Stop Providing Outriders for Najib

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There will be no police motorcycle outriders made available to escort former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with the order coming into immediate effect, said Bukit Aman Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department director Datuk Azisman Alias.

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The withdrawal of the outriders was executed by way of an official letter.

The letter was reportedly sent to Najib’s special officer Mohd Shahrir Mohd Aripin but was later shared onto Facebook and made public by Najib’s former officer Isham Jalil.

Azisman later confirmed the contents and authenticity of the letter, explaining that Najib is still able to request for outriders, limited to journeys pertaining to official business.

“But not for personal or political reasons,” Azisman was quoted as saying in the report.

In Isham’s Facebook post, he had detailed how the removal order comes into effect immediately and that police had not given a reason for the decision.

He alleged the Pakatan Harapan government was behind the move.

“If you are Najib’s supporters, please give way to his vehicle to allow him to serve the public and campaign for BN to ensure check-and-balance,” wrote Isham.

The report included how Najib’s personal security detail team was withdrawn by the police in May last year.

Najib had ordered the withdrawal of police outrider services for Dr Mahathir in 2016 and reduced the number of his rival’s bodyguards the following year.

Former prime ministers are usually accorded police escort and bodyguard services.