Keep calm and don’t speculate, IGP tells Malaysians

IGP Hamid Bador says the democratic process is proceeding smoothly.

KUALA LUMPUR: The nation’s top cop today urged Malaysians to refrain from speculating on the political uncertainty that has hit the country following Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation earlier today.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador also called for calm.

“I would like the politicians and supporters to remain patient. The democratic process is going on smoothly.

“Carry on as normal,” he told reporters when met outside Istana Negara this evening.

Hamid also said that action would be taken against those who spread fake news that could disrupt public order.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim also advised the public against spreading fake news, especially on sensitive issues to do with race and religion. He said the situation in Kuala Lumpur was calm and under control, and the police would continue to be vigilant in ensuring peace and harmony.

Hamid said he had informed the King that the country remained peaceful although there was some anxiety over the political developments.

“He told us to ensure that the country remained peaceful.”

Hamid also said that the chief secretary to the government would be making an announcement following Mahathir’s resignation.

Mahathir submitted his resignation letter to the Agong at 1pm.

He also resigned as PPBM chairman.

PKR, meanwhile, sacked deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

This, in turn, led to nine PKR MPs quitting the party.