BATU PAHAT: Allegations of corruption and political interference in the police force are matters of public interest, says Gobind Singh Deo.
The Puchong MP said the government is duty bound and has the responsibility to respond to recent allegations made by outgoing Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
“The exposé is made not just by any ordinary person but the country’s top police officer so there is a need for us to take it seriously,” said Gobind.
He added that if Parliament was in session, this would be questioned.
“At the end of the day, these are the questions that are posed to us by the rakyat and we need answers, ” he said when met after launching the 20th Johor DAP convention here on Sunday (May 2).
At a no-holds-barred last press conference before his retirement, Abdul Hamid lamented about his frustrations over the interference of Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin in the Police Force Commission (SPP).
He added that ministers should not chair the SPP in order to prevent any political interference.
Gobind, who is DAP deputy chairman, also demanded for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into such allegations.
“Since Parliament is not in session, perhaps the best mechanism is for an independent body to look into this.
“If there is a problem, we need to deal with it and if these allegations are without basis, that needs to be said as well – we cannot just leave it hanging and expect everyone to accept that nothing is being done after such allegations are made, ” he added.