Lately, there are many speculators attempting to create the feeling of uneasiness and doubts against Prime minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership and administration, with insnuating against all the recent transfers of law enforcement agencies senior officers.
The Malay Mail online:
Senior Special Branch officer gets sudden transfer to PM’s Dept, told to go on long leave
BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
Wednesday August 19, 2015
06:44 PM GMT+8
A special ceremony was conducted behind closed doors in Bukit Aman earlier today, which saw Abdul Hamid passing on the baton as deputy director of the police intelligence agency to an assistant, Datuk Mohd Haniff Hanudin. — Picture by Yap Tzu Ging
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — In another abrupt change within government agencies, Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador was today transferred out of the Special Branch (SB) and into the Prime Minister’s Department where he will head a new security division reporting directly to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
A special ceremony was conducted behind closed doors in Bukit Aman earlier today, which saw Abdul Hamid passing on the baton as deputy director of the police intelligence agency to an assistant, Datuk Mohd Haniff Hanudin who was heading a unit called E4 that deals with the political extremist threat.
Abdul Hamid confirmed the transfer when contacted, but said he was in the dark on the reasons for his abrupt work shift.
“No… they just told me to go to JPM, so I go to JPM lah,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted, using the Malay abbreviation for the Prime Minister’s Department.
“No reason given and I just received the letter yesterday… earlier today, there was a ceremony to hand over my duty.”
He added that he would take up his new duties at the Prime Minister’s Department on September 2, as he was currently on leave from work.
Malay Mail Online understands Abdul Hamid was ordered to go on “long leave” before assuming new duties as the head of a new security and transnational crime division under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
Contacted today, Bukit Aman confirmed Abdul Hamid’s transfer and that the latter is on leave but denied knowledge on his next posting.
Abdul Hamid’s promotion is the latest change to take place within the SB following last month’s shock Cabinet reshuffle, which saw Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun replacing Datuk Seri Akhil Bulat as SB director.
It is clear that a ‘Thames House’ establishment is being created under the Prime Minister’s Office. It is no mystery for the creation nor should any be doubt and/or suspicion about it, being right under the purview of the Executive.
Globally, terrorism, cyberterrorism and anarchism are issues of growing grave concern.
Whether it is a matter for the political masters, civil servants, law enforcement agencies, analysts and observers or academicians, efforts are made to ensure that the understanding and management information is good and current.
It is also important that information on the issues made available through media, be it mainstream or social channels, are being monitored and management. Failure, could compound the matter worse.
Hence, it should not be a surprise nor skeptical that an experience law enforcement agent specialising in intelligence is the man for the job.
These days, politics and terrorism are intertwined. Add complex global networking to it, suddenly it is any nation’s intelligence and internal security nightmare.
The problem should be mitigated long before it appears in the form of demonstration with casualties and destruction, avoiding the sticky situation of ‘getting wiser after the event’.
Combining and making a formidable agency of functions and experience of the Police Special Branch and Counter Terrorism and the Research Department of Prime Minister’s Department, is the right direction and initiative.
British entertainment and BBC buffs would related to Dato’ Hamid Bador’s new job as the combination of the characters of Sir Henry James “Harry” Pearce of MI5 and Sir Oliver Mace of Joint Intelligence Committee, from the long running acclaimed drama ‘Spooks’.
We highly recommend our readers to watch all the ten seasons of ‘Spooks’ and the upcoming film ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’, to understand what Hamid and his new agency is all about.