Calling IGP ‘liar’ is being immature and irresponsible, says Patriot

Patriot president Arshad Raji.

PETALING JAYA: The National Patriots Association (Patriot) today said calls for the resignation of Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador over police investigations into a sex video were “immature and irresponsible”.

Patriot president Arshad Raji, in a statement today, said certain quarters had accused the IGP of being elusive in not stating conclusively the findings on the investigation into the sex video, “including one calling the IGP a liar”.

“The IGP is correct in not making public the findings of the police probe as the investigation papers are now in the custody of the office of the attorney-general.

“Doing so preempts the work of the AG’s office as well as plays to the gallery of gutter politics currently at play.

“Patriot acknowledges that the allegation of a senior PKR politician’s involvement in the sex video is serious, and agrees fully that should the allegation be true, the politician has no other option but to resign.”

Arshad said Hamid had been blunt when he said the sex video investigation had taken too much of his time and that of his officers, whose time could otherwise be used for other meaningful police duties.

“The IGP’s rebuke of politicians on this unnecessary burden, that apparently sprung from intra-party leadership rivalry, was necessary and rightfully so.”

Tensions have risen within PKR as its president Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy, Mohamed Azmin Ali, and their supporters have appeared to be at odds following the posting of video clips showing two men engaged in sexual acts.

Former PKR divisional Youth leader Haziq Aziz had admitted being one of the men, and alleged that the other man was Azmin, an accusation that the economic affairs minister has strenuously denied.

Police have declared that the video clip was most likely to be authentic but the identity of the person could not be verified.

However, Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam claimed the IGP had lied to the people and threatened to take legal action against him after he claimed Indonesian experts had confirmed the authenticity of the video targeting the federal minister.

Arshad said Hamid was a man of high repute and since assuming his role in May, he has set his sight on reforming the police force.

“His intent to transform its battered image is a herculean task, considering the decades of abuse inflicted by the previous administration.

“The IGP has vowed to stem corruption and has ordered his officers and men to disassociate themselves from the activities of the underworld.

“The task ahead for the IGP is daunting and necessitates support and understanding from his officers and men, politicians and the public.”

He said he IGP’s tenure of office is only for two years and he has a load over his shoulder to put things right.

He urged the public to pledge support for the IGP to accomplish his avowed mission to make the police a professional, reputable, friendly and corruption-free, friendly force that all Malaysians could respect, honour and be proud of.