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No ‘cartel of dirty cops’ – So has the former police chief lied?

For as long as forthright, transparent answers are not there, the people would be justified in suspecting something is amiss

Former police chief Hamid Bador made a bold allegation - THE STAR

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Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo asked the government to explain what action it had taken in response to former police chief Hamid Bador’s widely reported allegation that the police force was riddled with a “cartel of dirty cops”.

In a written reply in Parliament, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Malaysiakini, 10 November 2021) dismissed former inspector general Hamid’s claim that there was such a cartel causing problems to the force.

So, eight months after Hamid’s shocking revelations, it now seems that ‘preliminary investigations’ have not revealed any evidence to support his claim.

Does the ministry’s clarification in Parliament imply that the former police chief is a liar? Has he diabolically misled the nation?

What makes the ministry’s reply even more worrying is that, despite its outright dismissal of the allegation, it then referred the matter to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) for a “free and transparent investigation”.  

Concerned Malaysians will also want to know if further investigations were conducted into Hamid’s allegation that Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin was trying to influence promotions in the police service.

As there have been no EAIC updates since May 2021, when the probe was initiated, can we blame Malaysians and others for speculating or even distrusting the system at work in the country?

Now, if a former top cop is deemed to have lied and misled an entire nation, who are we to believe from within the police force or even the ministry in charge?

Suppose, unthinkably, the retiring top cop was wrong, what action will the government take? And how long will it take?

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For as long as forthright, transparent answers are not there, the people would be justified in suspecting something is amiss that may not be in the best interest of building a “Malaysian family”.

This case now adds to our inventory of many other cases and reports of what has gone wrong in our beloved nation, for which we struggled and sacrificed so much since independence.

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