Outgoing IGP regrets failing to crack down on gambling, border crimes in Sarawak, Sabah

IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador – Malaysiakinipix

AFTER two years as Malaysia’s top cop, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador who ends his tenure tomorrow regrets not being able to tackle the perennial gambling and border crimes happening in Sabah and Sarawak.

The Inspector-General of Police he had wanted to make more visits to the two East Malaysian states, but the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to the plans.

“I have nothing to regret, but it has been my intention to go there (Sabah and Sarawak) because there are so many issues there that cannot be resolved, such as gambling and the border problems.

“I was not able to go to Sabah and Sarawak because of the Covid-19”, he added in a Bernama report.

He said something drastic had to be done in Sarawak and expressed hope that the new top brass at the Royal Malaysian police would pay attention to issues on integrity, smuggling, online gambling and vice activities there.

Abdul Hamid was appointed the IGP on May 4, 2019 and the contract ends tomorrow (May 3, 2021).

“It pains me to see one by one of my men brought to court (for corruption),” he added.

He is known as an IGP who does not hesitate to reprimand PDRM members with integrity problems, as well as those involved in power abuse, misconduct and other criminal cases.

His outspokenness in exposing the various cartels in the force, however, was condemned and criticised by various quarters, including from members of the PDRM themselves, as well as politicians, who were unhappy with his actions.

Among the major successes of the police force during Abdul Hamid’s leadership were crippling a drug smuggling syndicate in Penang, which led to the seizure of RM2.4 billion worth of drugs, the Macau Scam syndicate and online gambling which also exposed the involvement of PDRM members themselves.

Following that, a total of 31 PDRM personnel who were identified as colluding with the Macau Scam syndicate and the online gambling activities were taken action against, with some being dismissed, demoted or transferred to insensitive positions.

From tomorrow, Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani will take over.