By John Isaac
FORMER inspector-general Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador has revealed the story behind Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin’s purported attempt to appoint “his boy” into the Royal Malaysian Police Force.
Hamid was quoted as saying by MalaysiaGazette that it involved Hamzah’s attempt to install his favoured candidate to lead the Special Branch after the police intelligence unit snubbed the minister’s request to conduct political operations.
The revelation came amid Hamzah’s own admission that he was the person in a leaked audio recording that discussed appointing people aligned to him to key positions in the police force, whom he referred to as “our boy”.
Hamid was quoted as saying that the Special Branch was unsettled by the actions of Minister Hamzah Zainuddin, whom he referred to as “MDN” (Menteri Dalam Negeri), in the past year.
“I was informed the MDN forced the Special Branch to conduct a number of operations for his own political purpose.
“I cannot reveal the operations as every Special Branch operation is secret but suffice to say that the objective of the operation does not suit the Special Branch’s national security mandate,” he was quoted as saying.
Hamid, according to the report, said the Special Branch had rejected Hamzah’s request to participate in the operation and reported him to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He added that the prime minister had agreed that the Special Branch should not be doing political work, which enraged Hamzah.
Subsequently, Hamid said, Hamzah cooperated with a senior Special Branch officer whose contract ended last year.
“The minister was said to have arranged for ‘his boy’ (the retired senior Special Branch officer) to lead the Special Branch.
“As evident, on Feb 16, the current Special Branch chief was summoned by the chief secretary to the government who asked him to voluntarily end his contract.
“Otherwise, a one-month notice of termination will be issued. The minister appeared impatient for ‘his boy’ to fill the position even though the Special Branch chief’s contract will only end in mid-June,” Hamid was quoted as saying.
Hamid said the matter was again brought to the prime minister who then instructed for the Special Branch chief to be retained.
Datuk Mohamed Farid Abu Hassan is currently that the Special Branch chief. He was appointed in June 2019.
Hamid retired as the inspector-general of police yesterday and has vowed to champion the police force “in his own way”. He has been succeeded by Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani. – Malaysiakini