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Answer Musa’s claims, cops tell top brass

 | December 4, 2012

Police want the top brass to look into the ex-IGP’s claims of criminal elements and political interference in the police force.

PETALING JAYA: The police are split over ex-inspector general of police Musa Hassan’s claims of political interference and criminal elements in the police force but one common sentiment prevails – the top brass must take responsibility over it.

“Of course it is damaging to the police force but then again, there is no smoke without fire, so there is an element of truth in it,” said a senior policeman on condition of anonymity.

“Perhaps in a way it is good because if the top level wants to change, it is high time to look into it,” he told FMT.

Last week, Musa dropped a bombshell when he accused Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein as one of the politicians who interfered with police investigation.

The former top cop also suggested that criminal elements had infiltrated the police force, revealing that there were cases where the links went high up and “nobody dared talk about it.”

His damning comments coincided with Umno’s general assembly; the party’s last huddle before it faced the 13th general election.

Umno top leaders, including Hishammuddin, had not directly answered Musa’s claims since last week, choosing instead to dismiss them as attempts to sidetrack the public from the issues raised during the general assembly.

Meanwhile, current IGP Ismail Omar said that he did not have the time for things that were “not important” – a response that courted ire from Musa who labelled the former as “snobbish.”

‘Ismail is a poor leader’

Commenting on this, the senior police officer told FMT that Ismail lacked leadership quality.

“He shouldn’t be there in the first place, he’s merely a puppet. Whenever he is summoned by the ministry, he comes back crying.

“Whenever he is pressured, he doesn’t act professionally, he screams at his officers. He is someone who is hard to work with, no backbone, no guts,” he said.

Another police officer also agreed that it was best for the top brass to answer Musa’s allegations but criticised the latter for revealing the cracks only after he had retired.

“You were our leader then, and during your time, you did not say all this, just asking people to be tougher. Personally, I feel that when Musa was the IGP, he took care of his own seat.

“And now that he is without position, nobody can do anything to him, he comes out openly talking about his own former employer like that. It’s not right. You were not there for months but years. What were you doing then?” said the source.

But a third police officer told FMT that Musa’s claims “don’t add up.”

“If you ask me personally, we are always loyal to the leadership… so whatever my former boss says doesn’t disturb our morale, as we work based on rules and regulations,” he said.

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