IGP: I am beyond political polemics

IGP: I am beyond political polemics

MELAKA: Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador stressed that he was beyond political polemics in light of accusations that he allegedly lied regarding the sex video that allegedly implicated Economic Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“I would like to state again that, as the IGP, I wouldn’t like to be involved in any political polemic, except if someone accused me (without basis),” he said, in an apparent reference to allegations by Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam that the IGP had lied about the authenticity of the video.

Hamid said a police report has been lodged against Lokman, and he would let the police investigate it.

“Let police probe the report,” he said.

Lokman had recently alleged that forensic experts in Indonesia had confirmed the authenticity of the video recording, saying there was no evidence of it being manipulated or edited.

Hamid emphasized that there will be no suppression or unfair treatment in the police probe on the sex video scandal.

“The matter is being handled by the investigation team. Let them do their job,” he said.

He also did not rule out the possibility of Azmin getting arrested.

“The decision to do so would be the prerogative of the Attorney-General’s Chamber after the submission of investigation papers by his officers,” he told reporters.

Yesterday, Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak dared Hamid to arrest Azmin if Hamid had any credibility.

Meanwhile in a related development PKR members were firing friendly fire by calling their party to take disciplinary action against Farhash as they claimed that he had insulted Azmin.

K Gunasekaran and other PKR members after lodging reports against Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak

Former Selangor PKR deputy information chief K. Gunasekaran lodged a complaint, urging the disciplinary board to act against Farhash because Farhash had referred to Azmin as “Azmin semburit”.

“He should not have used such a word… This disrespected the party and the aspirations of a PKR member,” he said after lodging a complaint at the party headquarters.

“We are urging the party to take action to show that the party is disciplined. Members – including leaders elected by the president – must respect not only the president, but also the deputy president, who was chosen by the members,” he told reporters after submitting his complaint at the PKR headquarters.

He also called for the probe to be expedited after the discipline committee as it could take upto three months to be completed.

“They can conclude the investigation in one day. But whether to suspend or fire him, that is up to the party to decide,” said Gunasekaran.