Rogue former Director of Commercial Criminal Investigation Department Dato’ Ramli Yusuff is taking former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan to court. This is on the latter’s ‘White Knight, Black Knight’ statement about the former being allowed and given a platform to systematically attack Musa. Musa made this statement during a media conference in PJ Hilton 10 December 2012.
Ramli Yusuff sues Musa Hassan over ‘black knight’ label
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Datuk Ramli Yusuff is suing Tan Sri Musa Hassan for defamation over the retired Inspector-General of Police’s alleged description of him as a “black knight”, stepping up the verbal mud-slinging between the two police veterans that could implicate the entire force.
In his statement of claim filed today at the Shah Alam High Court registry, the former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief accused his former colleague and critic of tarnishing his reputation publicly with statements made at a news conference last year.
In the December 10 news conference, Musa had suggested that unnamed political figures were backing Ramli (picture) in the latter’s public war of words with him.
According Musa, Ramli had been given the platform to criticise him and paint the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) in good light.
“It seems like he’s the white knight, saviour of PDRM … while I’m the black knight who is destroying PDRM,” Musa had said.
Replying to a question by a reporter on how Ramli could have amassed wealth while only holding the post of CCID director, Musa had said that Ramli “would have some links somewhere”.
“He should answer to the public … how he possesses so much riches and wealth,” said Musa.
Musa also accused outspoken former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel member Tan Sri Robert Phang of abusing his authority by transferring a senior police officer in order to speed up the deployment of a project backed by the latter.
“(Phang) threatened the officer: if you don’t commission (this project), you will be transferred in 24 hours.
“If someone from the public can threaten a policeman … he must have powers in the police force,” Musa claimed.
Phang, a prominent public figure, had filed a RM100 million defamation suit against Musa last January 4, claiming the ex-top policeman of deliberately uttering words to tarnish his image by reportedly linking him to the underworld and interfering with police personnel movement.
The alleged project was a 2009 upgrade of the analogue communications system used by PDRM to a digital Motorola system, which Musa said was worth hundreds of millions of ringgit.
He described the officer transferred as an expert in communications, ranking “higher than assistant commissioner of police (ACP)”, a Datuk, and still an active member of the force.
Musa said he was only revealing this now in response to Phang’s allegation that the ex-IGP is backed by crime syndicates.
“I don’t want to shame others, but people are shaming me … (But) this is not a retaliation,” he added.
Musa had maintained he never abused his authority during his 41 years in the police force despite Ramli’s persistent claim that he had colluded with the country’s top lawyer to escape charges linking him to Johor’s underworld.
The retired IGP said he has done nothing wrong and offered to subject himself to questioning by the MACC to clear his name.
Ramli has repeatedly accused the ex-IGP of having close ties with Chinese vice syndicates while serving as Johor police chief.
He recently rekindled the 2006 rumours that had linked Musa to Goh Cheng Poh, an underworld figure nicknamed “Tengku Goh” and said to be a Johor mob boss, after the ex-IGP raised a stink over the executive’s purported interference with police work.
Court documents filed by the alleged mobster and made public in a sensational trial in August 2007 had fuelled speculation of a special relationship with Musa, who had by then succeeded Tan Sri Mohammed Bakri Omar as IGP for nearly a year.
In his affidavit, Goh was reported to have said: “I believe the IGP was not informed of my arrest and detention.”
Musa had also been investigated by the anti-graft agency on suspicion of involvement with three members of an illegal gambling syndicate shortly after his promotion to IGP in September 2006, but Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was reported to have ordered the investigation file closed in July 2007 due to lack of evidence.
The fact still remain. Ramli was a senior Police officer who was charged for graft and corruption, at the peak of his game. On the other hand, Musa had an impeccable and clean bill of service.
By his own declaration, Ramli also admitted to have amassed a substantial amount of wealth way above his aggregated income throughout the service as a career Policeman. It is unbelievable that a civil servant could afford such luxurious properties.
That also brought about the question in the minds of so many people did Ramli declare all these income which enabled him to acquire all these assets, to the Inland Revenue Board. Otherwise, he is someone that could face the powers of DGIR provided under the Income Tax Act and be found guilty of tax evasion.
In the past, Ramli has been a tool of demonisation of the authority and mainstay of political power. As the Director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department, he wrote a letter to then Prime Minister PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi about former MAS Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli about “Making an aggregated losses of RM 8.1 billion” when the latter was running the national carrier.
That is something that Ramli did not substantiate, not could be proven through the annual reports between 1994-2002 when Tajudin was at the helm of Malaysia Airlines.
Most importantly, is this another sordid Opposition 13 GE Wayang ploy after Deepak and PI Bala? Lately, Ramli has been seen consorting the Opposition and at one time speculation rived about him being a PKR candidate for 13 GE.
As 13 GE lurks very closely, the Opposition tends to court and feature ‘Has Beens’ such as disgruntled or disgraced ex-politicians, civil servants and/or senior officers from Police, Armed Forces and Royal Customs in the usual political gimmick-cum-stunts to realise the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy. These would not happen in their series of ceramahs in the early or middle part between an electoral term.
Then again, it is all about Wayang. The Wayang of falsehood, fake personalities and people who are not really who they feature themselves to be. This include Ramli Yusuff.