I’ll get them to carry placards, top cop jokes in tiff over SB

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador today played down Warisan’s demand that Special Branch (SB) personnel identify themselves when attending media events organised by the party, saying the police would continue to carry out their duties and that he does not wish to make an issue of it.

“Maybe I will get my men to carry placards identifying themselves as police,” he quipped when asked if he had agreed to the request.

He was speaking to reporters after attending the handing over of duties to his deputy Mazlan Mansor.

This comes after Warisan vice-president Junz Wong said yesterday that SB personnel would be allowed to attend party or government functions provided that they identify themselves as police officers.

Wong, who is Sabah agriculture and food industry minister, said this in efforts to clear the air over reports that SB personnel had been barred from attending Warisan press conferences.

He also denied that SB personnel had been barred from the party’s media events all the time, saying this only happened on one or two occasions.

When asked if SB personnel would need to identify themselves as such, Hamid, who is a former SB chief, said the police would continue their work as usual.

“In the history of the police, there has been no difficulty in covering any events whatsoever,” he added.

He also said there have been no new arrests following that of four Islamic State (IS) members who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks and high-profile murders in the country. They were nabbed in Terengganu and the Klang Valley last week.

They had been planning the murders in a bid to seek justice for fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim who died after sustaining injuries during the Sri Maha Mariamman temple riots in Subang Jaya last year.

The suspects confessed that they were part of an IS wolf pack cell and had been preparing to launch attacks in the country during the first week of Ramadan as revenge for Adib’s death.

Police are now looking for two locals and an Indonesian to facilitate the probe.

“They are still in the country,” Hamid added.

He urged those with information on the trio – Syazani Mahzan, Muhamad Nuurul Amin Azizan and Fatir Tir – to contact the police.