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Datuk Anwar Ibrahim

2 May 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Anwar Ibrahim has urged for a thorough and complete investigation on the disclosure made by outgoing Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador regarding the National Police Institution.

Anwar who is also the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Party president said the government must respond to all allegations made by Abdul Hamid that there was political interference in the institution.

"The revelation by Abdul Hamid is very unfortunate and has tarnished the image of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

"PDRM is a national body that protects and upholds our country's laws intact. Therefore, it should be free from any political interference.

“This intervention indirectly proves that this illegitimate government uses various means and tricks to cling to power," he said in his Twitter post recently.

Anwar added that such an incident would only cause people to lose confidence and have doubt about the credibility of the police force.

Abdul Hamid recently spoke out at a press conference against home minister Datuk Hamzah Zainudin’s interference in police matters.

This comes hours after Hamzah confirmed that he was the person in a leaked recording of a conversation on the reshuffle of the police force.

In the audio clip, a man can be heard discussing giving a Perakian a promotion, plausibly for a police role. The man was also heard saying that another person should no longer decide on the appointment of state police chiefs but can only nominate five names.

Hamzah admitted to discussing transfer policies concerning the police force, adding that he had done nothing wrong in doing so.

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