Don’t get ‘foreign influencers’ involved in current political crisis, warns IGP

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador and armed forces chief Affendi Buang speaking to reporters outside Istana Negara today. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has warned politicians not to get “foreign influencers” involved in the current political crisis.

“Our presence here was ordered by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to brief him about the safety of the nation,” Hamid told reporters outside Istana Negara today.

“All politicians can carry on their political affairs as usual. Don’t make any sensitive statements.”

Hamid, who was accompanied by armed forces chief Affendi Buang, said they were asked to seek an audience with the king to discuss the safety of the nation.

He warned people not to speculate on social media, saying “we are monitoring for fake news and will take action against those who spread lies”.

“Freedom of expression is allowed but make sure it does not go against any rules that can jeopardise harmony.”

Meanwhile, Affendi told reporters the armed forces had increased its vigilance.