Sabah politicians lodge police report over former IGP's allegations

KOTA KINABALU: Local leaders in Sabah urge the authorities to conduct a probe based on former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s allegations of political interference in the Police Force Commission (PFC) and money politics, among others. Upko’s Kadamaian assemblyman Datuk Ewon Benedick lodged a police report on the matter at the Karamunsing police station on Wednesday (May 5), and said that the allegations coming from a top cop should be taken seriously. He said if it were true, then the integrity of the police force would come into question.

“The rakyat deserve a just and fair police system to depend on, so we hope there can be clarification so that the people can have a peace of mind, ” he said. Luyang assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe, from DAP, who was also present at the police station, said Abdul Hamid’s allegations cannot be taken lightly because he was one of the top officials in the country’s security system. He said Abdul Hamid had also touched on issues regarding Sabah’s recent state elections where he alleged that money was involved in the jumping of politicians from one side to another.

Apart from Phoong, representatives from other parties, including Amanah and Sabah PKR, were also present to lodge the report.

They issued a joint statement to urge the authorities to take action and launch an investigation into the issues alleged by Abdul Hamid, especially those relating to Sabah politics.

Abdul Hamid had dropped a bombshell over alleged political interference in the PFC and also called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate elements of alleged corruption among “political frogs” just days before his retirement on Monday (May 3).

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