Thames House in Perdana Putra

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


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.

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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.

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  1. Poor BD

    If you need to make SENSE of a situation, you do not look at one incident in isolation.

    You need to take everything simultaneously and join the dots to assess comprehensively before coming to a precise and accurate conclusion.

    Under Najib’s administration a LOT of events happened behind CLOSED doors.

    His “innocent” looks and claims of non-guilt no longer convinced the people. PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that PAS will support a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as mentioned by the party’s elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali.

    “If there is a no-confidence vote moved against the prime minister, PAS will join in as the actions by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and answers on the RM2.6 billion donation clearly cannot be accepted by the people,” he said. – Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

  2. Aug 19 Swiss financial regulator FINMA is checking with some of the country’s banks on whether they carried out business with Malaysia’s troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a spokesman said on Wednesday.

  3. Al Mehairi succeeds Mohamed Badawy Al Husseiny, who helmed the investment fund since 2010. Aabar Investments did not mention why Al Husseiny left the company but Reuters quoted a source as saying that he plans to join a private equity firm in the United Arab Emirates.

    • al-Husseiny and Al Qubassi were said to be the two key players from Aabar in the deals with 1MDB

  4. Until and unless 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal bank accounts are satisfactorily explained away, “the feeling of uneasiness and doubts” against Najib’s leadership and administration will continue.

    The rakyat will continue to speculate. If not publicly, they’ll do so privately. Or just in their minds. Which will adversely affect UMNO/BN at PRU14. Indeed, some pro-UMNO/BN people have said they’ll not vote UMNO/BN at the coming GE.

    The cabinet reshuffle, dropping of 1MDB-sceptic Muhyiddin, dubiously promoting some members of the PAC, delaying selection of a new PAC until mid October, immediate transfers of enforcement agencies’ personnel etc have increased the speculations. And not many know the ‘Thames House’ establishment. Or care about it to cease speculating.

  5. Dulu tak ada kes tukar tempat kerja dengan mengejut (immediate transfer) di masa kontroversi politik. Sekarang pulak ada. Bukan satu tapi tiga empat. Jadi, macam mana rakyat tak ragu.

  6. “Abdul Hamid’s promotion is the latest change to take place within the SB following last month’s shock Cabinet reshuffle ..”

    If promotion, no reason to complain.

    “.. which saw Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun replacing Datuk Seri Akhil Bulat as SB director.”

    Are they ordinary transfers? They don’t sound ordinary when 2-3 Officers are involved in so short a period of time. In so important a branch as SB. And at extremely short notice, too.

    But for Police work, and in certain situations, maybe not so “shocking”. But, human beings being what they are, the “situation” may be up for speculation.

  7. See how daring old man and former ISA detainee Lim Kit Siang is. He has no qualms about speculating, attempting to create any feeling of uneasiness and doubts against Najib’s leadership and administration. He lives and thrives on insinuating against such things as the recent transfers of law enforcement agencies’ senior officers.

    Writing in his blog and quoted by the usually and equally nasty Malaysia Chronicle, he plainly and blatantly asks HOW MANY MORE WILL NAJIB SACK TO COVER HIMSELF?

    He equates the shock and “convulsions” of the “sacking” of the AG, the DPM, and “the arrests and harassment of top government officers in key institutions” of the government to the 2015 Sabah earthquake which struck Ranau with a magnitude of Richter 6.0.

    The DAP old man is the kind who used words, phrases and similies that evoke resentment and hate like he did during the election campaign in 1969 that contributed to the race riots of 13 May. Alas, Najib has removed the ISA. The very law that both Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng have been detained under and that DAP has been scared of and been condemning for a long time until its repeal.

  8. Old man Lim Kit Siang has been called extremist not for nothing. He will dwell and exploit each and everything he can find against the Government, in fact, against the entire Establishment. At any and all the time.

    He said although the immediate transfer of Bahri and Rohaizad out of MACC to PM’s Dept had been cancelled because of adverse public reactions, “penalties are being considered to punish the two MACC directors”. Really? Does he know something we don’t? He said the powers-that-be should know it could not be kept secret but would have to be fully explained when Parliament reconvenes on October 19.

    Now he asks if the Police or the PM’s Dept can explain such sudden and abrupt transfer. He asks plainly and pointedly. When others don’t. He cares not the warnings issued by the authorities on anything that might constitute attempts to remove the elected government other than by the ballot box or to subvert Parliamentary democracy.

    He even made light what the new AG Apandi Ali said, by saying “he gave a “warning to everybody”, saying ominously: “Be careful. I will be watching”. He made fun of it, saying “How ominous, undemocratic and 1984-ish!”

    Instead, old man Kit Siang gave AG Apandi a warning – he “better realise that in a parliamentary democracy, the 30 million Malaysians are also watching him as to whether he is discharging his constitutional duties as Attorney-General with independence, integrity and professionalism.” How do like that. What an Oppo Hippo.

  9. Old man Kit Siang made demands of and accused the new AG Apandi as lying. Apandi should explain whether he had started off his tenure making a public statement which is far from the truth when he said that the purported corruption charge sheet against the Prime Minister was a fake.

    He pointed out that Abdul Rahman Dahlan “as good as admitted that there was an attempted coup against the Prime Minister.. by “criminalising him and topple him from office”, particularly his less-than-subtle admission when he said

    “There are two theories out there. One is the one you mentioned that this is a deliberate attempt to stop, delay or interfere with the investigations (on 1MDB).

    “But there is also another theory that there has been a deliberate attempt to criminalise the Prime Minister.

    “This is what the new AG (Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali) was saying with regards to the (purported) draft charge sheet (against the Prime Minister). Apandi sent out a statement saying that the Attorney-General’s chambers is very concerned that there is a deliberate attempt to criminalise the PM and force him out of the office. If you are a politician of course you would take some pre-emptive steps so that it doesn’t happen.

    “I am not privy to that information. I leave it to the PM and the AG who made that comment and also to the IGP whether or not there is an attempt to criminalise the PM. But it sure looked like it. Because there was an allegation of a draft charge sheet but MACC said ‘Wait a minute we have not completed our investigation. So how could there be a draft charge sheet when the investigation has not been completed?”

  10. Yes, old man Kit Siang will leave no stone unturned, will not miss out any word said and will fully quote people to show his point. And he’d quote as many sources of information, too.

    He also quoted the Star Online interview and pointed out that Abdul Rahman said: “Given that scenario what would you do? You would take drastic action wouldn’t you?

    “Okay, take these people out first, so that things will get back to normalcy and see what will happen next.

    “If you could appreciate that scenario then you would understand the flurry of action taken by the prime minister.”

    Mohamed Apandi should confirm whether his predecessor Tan Sri Gani Patail was one of the people “taken out first”; who were the other government officers also “taken out” as a result of the “Last Days of July in Putrajaya”; whether this process of people “taken out” has ended; and finally, whether his own appointment as the new Attorney-General was among the “flurry of action taken by the Prime Minister” referred by Abdul Rahman in the Star Online interview.

  11. Old man and long-called extremist Kit Siang will try to exhaust his points. He said there are two other questions which AG Apandi should explain:

    “Firstly, why did he agree to the “taking out” of Gani Patail as Attorney-General, who had served three Prime Ministers and only two month short of mandatory retirement on reaching 60 years old.

    Secondly, why did he disband the multi-agency Special Task Force comprising Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Royal Malaysian Police and Attorney-General’s Chambers when the Cabinet had been assured that the Special Task Force would get to the bottom of the two scandals of 1MDB and RM2.6 billion Najib personal accounts, whether he had consulted or informed the Cabinet or the Prime Minister before he disbanded the Special Task Force.

    Finally, would he agree that the Prime Minister should present a White Paper in Parliament on Oct. 19 on the convulsions of the “Last Days in July in Putrajaya” and their aftershocks, whether affecting Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency, Royal Malaysian Police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers and how they had affected investigations into the twin scandals of 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion Najib personal accounts.”

    He’d like a White Paper, won’t he? Because one particular White Paper had produced a life-time mark on him, a permanent shame on DAP and utter blame on racists and extremists that caused the race riots in 1969. That one was titled, “13 May 1969: A Tragedy. National Operations Council. October 1969.” Read those (can be googled) and you’d see the similarities between Kit Siang then and Kit Siang now. He was DAP boss at the time when his boisterous members and supporters behaved like goons convoying on the streets of Malay areas in KL and sparked off the race riots.

    • So you are not a fan of Lim Kit Siang?

      Surely you don’t need 5 blog posts to make that point, do you?

      At least he’s standing up and making his statements in public and not hiding behind some “Anon” or other moniker.

      • And what about you, idiot? Why hide under some idiotic ancient Greek name? The usual DAP cakap tak serupa bikin, accuse others of the very thing you blokes do?

        And what’s your point, anyway? Only making a fool of yourself? A few lines of childish criticism? You couldn’t scroll over if you didn’t like them?

        You don’t realize that the man has put out so many points and strong statements against Lim Kit Siang? A product of Chinese school, are you? DAP card-carrying member. eh?

        Me? I’m a self-appointed Policeman in here. Failed SPM but better than UEC.

  12. Those “attempting to create the feeling of uneasiness and doubts” against Najib’s leadership and administration” include Tun Dr Mahathir. He wants Najib replaced. I agree with what Tun said in most cases.

    Now he calls on the opposition to agree to a formula which would see BN remain in power without Najib. “If the opposition is really keen to be rid of Najib, they can only do so if Najib goes but the BN government stays, led by another leader,” he said in a blog posting.

    Tun uses strong arguments – “Najib’s lack of respect for the law and constitution and his willingness to buy off politicians and civil servants may mean the end of parliamentary democracy in Malaysia,” he said.

    He said there would be quite a number of party MPs who would also like to see Najib removed. “They do not believe the nonsensical explanations about the disappearance of 1MDB money or the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s private accounts. These MPs could vote with the opposition in a non-confidence vote,” he added.

    He pointed out, “It is of course not something BN MPs like to do. They would not like to become instrumental in bringing down a BN government,” hence the need for the opposition to agree to the suggested formula.

    Tun Dr Mahathir also slammed Najib and his supporters for trying to paint a picture that a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister is improper and illegal. “But everyone knows that a vote of no-confidence is absolutely legal,” he said.

    Yes, votes of no confidence have been done in the Parliament of democratic countries since ages ago.

  13. next, we’ll see who will decide when Hari Raya haji will fall on.. so powerful this couple.

  14. If there was any announcement on the setting up of a division handling global terrorism, cyberterrorism and anarchism in PM’s Dept and Hamid Bador was suddenly transferred to head that division, it must have escaped my reading.

  15. I’m not sure

    1. how factual and how reliable the Malaysiakini report on Hamid Bador is –

    2. Whether his being transferred out has any link with Tun Dr Mahathir

    3. Who were responsible and what was the motive for the text message sent out to several reporters on WhatsApp yesterday saying Hamid would be holding a press conference at the Bukit Aman police hq today.

    The message stated that the press conference would explain Mahathir’s involvement with London-based whistleblower site Sarawak Report in fabricating documents belonging to 1MDB in an attempt to oust Najib.

    Hamid has denied that he will be filing a report against Tun Dr Mahathir “over the latter’s “attacks” on Najib, saying “I’ll never defame Dr M”.

    “Even if I am cut in 12 pieces, I will never defame the servant of Allah who has contributed so much to the country,” Hamid is quoted as saying by The Malay Mail Online.

    Hamid was transferred to the PPM’s Dept on Tuesday. He was reported not knowing the reason for his sudden transfer.

    • The former Police Special Branch Deputy Director said “A secret Hang Tuah Gang” is behind moves to suppress the exposure of the controversial government investment arm 1MDB.

      Abdul Hamid vowed to expose the mastermind, whom he described as a “Si Kitol”, a reference to the Malaccan insider who revealed the secrets of the port city to the invading Portuguese fleet in 1511.

      “I will expose this Si Kitol’s name soon,” he told Malaysiakini. It will be very interesting to know and is being much awaited.

      It looks like that “kitolism” includes those circulating online a message announcing a purported press conference by him, supposedly on “a police report he would make against Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his attempt to oust prime minister Najib.”

      The report, by the so-called news portal of the kind that Najib refused to license like Singapore did a long time ago, says Tun Dr Mahathir has been at the forefront of “a relentless campaign for months, attempting to force Najib out of office because of the affairs of 1MDB. He has now called for a confidence motion against Najib in Parliament and is attempting to rally Barisan and opposition MPs to support the motion.”

      “I will expose this Si Kitol’s name soon,” said Hamid. The Hang Tuah Gang wanted to suppress questions about 1MDB and was “willing to kiss hands to safeguard personal interests”, he added. I must say it’s admirable of him vowing to uphold the oath taken during police training “to die to defend the truth”. He said he had received many telephone calls to warn him about those willing to “do extraordinary things” to ensure silence. “Killing me will not cover up the crime committed,” he was quoted as saying.

      • This one is not si Kitol, is it –

        One of the three individuals wanted by the MACC is currently on the run and hiding in New Zealand, Hamid said today.

        He spoke at a news conference in PJ, He also said there are “invisible powers” trying to prevent this individual from being questioned by MACC. A main witness has been on the run to Indonesia, Thailand and now is believed to be in New Zealand. “There have been concerted efforts to hide this main witness,” Hamid said.

        The three individuals sought by MACC for its probe on MOF-owned SRC International Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of 1MDB) are billionaire businessman Low Taek Jho and two directors from SRC – managing director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin.

        Public focus has been on si Kitol.

  16. Jangan ditegak benang yg basah 🙂

  17. The notice to Le Temps from the Swiss Attorney General states:

    “Regarding the state of affairs to which your request relates, we confirm that the MPC [Swiss Confederation] opened a criminal case against two 1MDB bodies, dated August 14, 2015, and against Unknown [an individual who is yet to be named] . The procedure is being conducted under the laws concerning the bribery of foreign public officials (art. 322septies CP), dishonest management of public interests (art. 314 CP) and money laundering (Art. 305bis CP). The opening of the criminal action follows two communications from the office for money laundering (MROS).[Translation]

  18. […] Former Special Branch Deputy Director Deputy Commissioner of Police Dato’ Abd. Hamid Bador spoke to the media, insinuating the ‘invisible hands’ involved the quick retirement of his boss and his transfer out of the Police Force to a ‘Thames House’ being instated in Perdana Putra. […]

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