Leakage of info on drug raids: Probe expands on cops

zahid-drugJOHOR BAHRU: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the investigation into the leakage of information on anti-drug operations will be expanded to all levels, including the police contingent headquarters (IPK) and district police headquarters (IPD) levels.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said he did not dismiss the possibility that the leakage of such information was also occurring at IPKs and IPDs nationwide.

The leakage had resulted in the arrest of 16 police personnel, including senior officers.

“Investigations will be done at all levels… IPK, IPD… all levels,” he told reporters after launching the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ibrahim International Business District public facility here today.

Yesterday, the Royal Malaysia Police announced a possible reshuffle in the Bukit Aman Narcotics Department following the arrest of 16 policemen, including senior officers, over suspected links to drug traffickers in Kuala Lumpur.

Zahid said investigations into the case would be done immediately, not just internally, but also legally.

“We at the implementation level have always wanted to combat drugs.

“But if there are invisible hands selling information and abetting those involved in drug trafficking, our plans and policies will not succeed.

“So don’t get mad at me or at Bukit Aman if disciplinary action is taken against those involved.”

Meanwhile, he said, the success of Thai police in intercepting a large number of drugs meant to be sent to Europe, with Malaysia as a transit country, proved the success of police cooperation among Asean member countries, which was coordinated as Aseanapol.

“I appreciate the cooperation from the Thai police.

“Yes, the drugs came from the Golden Triangle and had passed through several countries, including Thailand, before entering Malaysia.

“No need to point fingers. It is clear now that the police cooperation at the Asean level, dubbed Aseanapol, has succeeded in showing results, even though not 100%.”

Yesterday, 1.2 million Yaba pills, along with 1.1 tonnes of ganja, were seized from a small truck in Banmor district, Saraburi province, at about 3pm.

The drugs were believed to have been brought to Hatyai in southern Thailand to be later smuggled to Malaysia and then sent to a third country in Europe.