Former IGP’s Claims Of Cartel Within Police Force Unverifiable, Says EAIC

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Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Hamid Bador
Former IGP Hamid Bador

But investigation revealed that there were basis of police officers involved in criminal syndicate activities

Kuala Lumpur – Claims that a cartel exists within the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) as put forth by former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Abdul Hamid Bador are unverifiable, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) said.

Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) reported as the EAIC chairman Mohd Sidek Hassan said, the conclusion was based on the findings of the commission’s investigation of witness testimonies and documents obtained.

The investigation’s findings and EAIC’s conclusion have been forwarded to the Chief Secretary of the Government, he said, adding that the investigation into the claims was complete.

He said the investigation revealed there was a basis that police officers were involved in criminal syndicate activities and investigations into officers involved are being conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police.

“However, Abdul Hamid’s claims that officers were involved in arranging positions in the police force to control the team for personal gain could not be verified,” he said in a statement here on Tuesday (22 Feb).

He said testimonies obtained by the EAIC showed that the appointment, promotion and transfer mechanisms practised by the police force and the Police Force Commission (PFC) involved a detailed process with several layers that were hard to breach or manipulated by outside parties.

In addition, Sidek said the IGP is a permanent member of the PFC and any suggestions regarding appointments, promotions and transfers of senior police officers required his approval.

“Abdul Hamid’s position as IGP was also not jeopardised as his appointment was based on the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong upon the advice of the prime minister,” he said.

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