New Special Branch Chief Says Will Carry Out Duties Without Fear

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The new chief of the Special Branch, who was the department’s deputy director when he was removed in 2015 in connection with the 1Malay­sia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy, has appealed for solidarity among his personnel and told them to act without fear or favour.

  • Replacing Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff whose contract was to end in September was brought forward
  • Ex-IGP Khalid’s transfer of Abdul Hamid to PM’s Dept in 2015 was allegedly because of the latter’s insistence on a full probe into 1MDB
  • Abdul Hamid claimed “invisible powers” were uneasy with him being the then second man in Special Branch

Calling on his team members to unite as one without any ill will against each other, Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador said it was time to move forward as he aspired to bring the department to greater heights.

“All personnel under the Special Branch must carry on with their duties without any interference or pressure from any party,” he told The Star after his surprise return to Bukit Aman and appointment as head of the department.

The No.1 goal for the team, he added, would be to uphold the rule of law.

“Justice and safeguarding the country from any threats are our priorities,” he said.

He said the Special Branch would also cooperate with other agencies on the 1MDB investigation.

“We are ready to cooperate in any manner of the probe,” he added.

Abdul Hamid, 60, took over from Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff, who retired, during a closed-door ceremony at Bukit Aman here yesterday.

In a break from tradition, no official announcement was made regarding the major appointment and no media invites were sent out for the event.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar’s contract extension, which was to end in September, has been brought forward.

In 2015, Abdul Hamid was transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department to oversee security and transnational issues after 37 years with the Royal Malaysia Police.

Abdul Hamid reportedly said that he had been kept in the dark over the reason for his transfer.

He was merely told to report to the Prime Minister’s Department on Sept 2, 2015, he claimed.

The then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar refuted allegations that Abdul Hamid’s transfer was a forced move.

At a press conference held the same year, Abdul Hamid alleged that there were “invisible powers” who were uneasy with him being the No.2 in the Special Branch.

He hinted that his transfer might have been motivated by his insistence on a full probe into 1MDB.

Abdul Hamid also said the Special Branch had advised the government and those involved in the troubled state investment fund to explain the issue clearly to the people. – The Star