IGP tells Warisan: Police are there to maintain order

IGP tells Warisan: Police are there to maintain order

PUCHONG: Police personnel, be it plain-clothed or in uniform, are tasked to ensure the orderly conduct of an event, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He was speaking to reporters today after attending the handing over of duties to his deputy Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

Hamid was responding to a case where Special Branch officers being barred from attending Warisan’s press conference in Sabah last Saturday.

Warisan vice president Datuk Junz Wong said yesterday that Special Branch personnel would only be allowed to attend party or government functions only if they identify themselves as police officers.

The IGP then retorted by saying such a directive would be against the law.

Responding to Wong, Hamid said police never had issues covering government events in the past.

“In the 212 years since the establishment of the police force, there were no qualms about the police facing difficulties covering events on the ground.

“It is a non-issue. Maybe I will get my men to carry placards identifying themselves as police next time,” said Hamid sarcastically.

Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has claimed the issue was sparked to create a rift between the police and Warisan.