PETALING JAYA: Abdul Hamid Bador said he decided to speak out only now against the alleged political interference in police appointments as he had been preoccupied with other matters.
Responding to the late timing of his claims, the outgoing inspector-general of police told Malaysiakini that he was “busy trying to fix internal issues”.
“Recently, as the expiry of my contract drew near, the minister’s meddling intensified in an effort to ensure ‘budak-budak kita’ (our boys) fill important positions,” he told the news portal, referring to a phrase used in a now viral audio recording.
To a query by FMT if he had any regrets not revealing the minister’s interference to the public sooner, he said: “Not at all, because I have to go through the proper channels.
“I went to the chief secretary to the government first, then the prime minister.”
Home minister Hamzah Zainudin had yesterday confirmed that it was his voice in a leaked audio recording of a man talking about the reshuffle of officers in the police force.
However, he insisted that he had not done anything wrong when discussing promotions in the force.
Hamzah’s comments were then brought up by Hamid at another press conference where he described the minister’s interference in police matters as the reason for divided camps within the force.
Earlier today, a Bersatu leader questioned the timing of Hamid’s no holds barred press conference yesterday, asking why the IGP had chosen to remain mum despite claiming the interference had occurred on Hamzah’s first day on the job.
Kepong division chief Norizan Ali also wondered why Hamid hit out at Hamzah only after deputy IGP Acryl Sani Abdullah had been named as his successor.
Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki also noted that Hamid had only decided to voice his grievances days before he officially stepped down but nevertheless said a probe was necessary.