Why so afraid, top cop asks on move to bar SB from media events

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador says his men will be there if events are held at public places.

PETALING JAYA: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador today defended the presence of Special Branch (SB) officers at events following Warisan’s decision to bar such personnel from attending their press conferences, saying they are only there to ensure public peace and security.

The inspector-general of police told reporters in Putrajaya that whether or not officers are in uniform, they are part of the police force and have a sworn duty to protect.

“We have our constitution. Why are you so afraid, to the point that you have to issue any order?”

Warisan vice-president Junz Wong told FMT over the weekend that his party had decided to bar SB personnel from its press conferences.

However, Hamid said the order given by the party holds no water and is against Section 186 of the Penal Code.

Section 186 concerns the obstruction of public servants in the discharge of their functions. The offence carries a maximum jail term of two years, RM10,000 fine or both.

Hamid added that the SB had no interest if a party held activities on its own premises.

“But if they hold events at public places, we will be there.

“Our job is to ensure peace and public safety. If police personnel are there, we can do just that,” he said.