‘Don’t let former IGP’s revelation on corruption, political interference in police force be in vain’

A top criminologist has called upon the authorities to quickly act on the allegations of corruption and political interference made by former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador so that the revelations will not be in vain.

Datuk P. Sundramoorthy, who is an honorary associate professor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, said it was crucial to pay close attention to the matter as the force was already suffering from a public trust deficit.

“How often does a top cop stick his neck out to expose corruption among senior police officers, or that there have been cover-ups in disciplinary probes involving the police?” asked Sundramoorthy.

“Anyone in their right minds would address what he has said and not downplay the matter, including allegations of political interference in the Police Force Commission.”

He added the trust deficit between the public has widened and that the authorities, including the top leadership in the country, must have the willpower to address the matter.

“I have faith in our new police chief (Datuk Seri) Acryl Sani (Abdullah Sani). I believe he will look into matters raised by Abdul Hamid. What happens next will affect the image and reputation of the Royal Malaysia Police,” he told Twentytwo13.

Acryl can introduce new strategies to deal with policing in the country but cannot ignore the work done by Abdul Hamid, added Sundramoorthy.

“If he does not address allegations raised by the former IGP, there will be a further trust deficit against the force,” he said.

Here’s the round-up of The News Normal today.

OVER 3,000 NEW COVID-19 CASES

Malaysia recorded 3,551 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total to 427,927.

Selangor recorded the highest number of cases (1,137) followed by Kuala Lumpur (477).

Six districts in Selangor are under the movement control order (MCO) today while the MCO will be enforced in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

RAMADAN BAZAARS IN KL ALLOWED TO OPEN

It will be business as usual for Ramadan and Aidilfitri bazaars in the federal capital throughout the Movement Control Order.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Ramadan bazaars in the city are allowed to operate from 3pm to 8pm, while Aidilfitri bazaars can operate from 10am to 10pm.

He, however, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall has the power to shut these bazaars down if Covid-19 standard operating procedures were not adhered to.

INVESTIGATION INTO NEELOFA, HUBBY CROSSING STATE BORDERS AT FINAL STAGE

Negeri Sembilan police chief Datuk Mohammad Mat Yusop said the investigation paper on Noor Neelofa Mohd Nor and husband Muhammad Haris Mohd Ismail for allegedly violating the Conditional Movement Control Order by crossing the state border to buy carpet in Nilai 3 is at its final stages.

Mohammad said the matter was referred to the deputy public prosecutor, but the investigation papers were returned as they needed to be further refined.

The couple were called in for questioning by police on Tuesday after a video clip, believed to be recorded by Noor Neelofa visiting a carpet shop in Nilai 3, made its rounds on Sunday.

ABDUL JALIL, KHAIRUL KAMARUDIN AMONG NINE IN FAM PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE

Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasheed, the chief executive officer of Berjaya Corporation Bhd and Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Khairul Kamarudin are among nine persons who are part of the FA of Malaysia (FAM) Presidential Task Force.

Handpicked by FAM president Datuk Hamidin Amin, they would contribute ideas in developing the sport.

The taskforce will also hold meetings and discussions with various stakeholders.

Besides Abdul Jalil and Khairul, the others are Tengku Salehuddin Shah AlHaj Tengku Sulaiman Shah AlHaj, Malaysia Broadcasting Department director-general Datuk Ruzain Idris, senior lecturer Dr Mohd Bahrin Othman, prime mover of Ultras Malaya Muhammad Tarmmizi Abdul Aziz, lecturer Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian, Goal Malaysia deputy editor Ooi Kin Fai, and sports law practitioner Dr Wirdati Radzi.

AMIDST COVID-19, OCM CHIEF SAYS TOKYO OLYMPICS WILL BE A TEST OF MENTAL CHARACTER

Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria believes the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as scheduled, although the Japanese government may extend the state of emergency in major areas.

However, Norza is worried about our athletes’ mental health due to them being in quarantine for extended periods as a precaution against Covid-19.