Spooks, spokenth

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.

The Star story:

Published: Monday August 24, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday August 24, 2015 MYT 7:39:41 AM

Ex-SB officer: I met Dr M

PETALING JAYA: Former Bukit Aman Special Branch deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador said he had met Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad four times in the past two years under instruction from his superiors to get the former prime minister to tone down his attacks on Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a lengthy press conference here yesterday, he said he had met Dr Mahathir to get his views on certain things and also to get his consent to not do “some things”.

“At first, he agreed not to attack (Najib) openly. He said he would meet him,” he said yesterday.

DCP Abdul Hamid also said Dr Mahathir told him that he was unhappy with the way the Government was running things such as BR1M.

Last week, DCP Abdul Hamid reportedly said that even if he was cut into 12 pieces, he would never defame the servant of Allah who has contributed so much to the country, referring to Dr Mahathir.

DCP Abdul Hamid, who is now on leave, was then transferred from Bukit Aman to the Prime Minister’s Department last Thursday.

He also alleged that there were “invisible powers” that were uneasy with his presence as the No.2 in Bukit Aman’s Special Branch which could have lead to his transfer due to his insistence on having 1MDB fully investigated.

He said several weeks before the transfer order was out, he was called up to meet Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“I was given a choice of being transferred to the National Security Council or the Prime Minister’s Department,” DCP Abdul Hamid said, adding that he felt it odd that he was not told what his new role would be when the transfer takes place.

He also said he was not involved in the arrest of three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers to assist investigations into SRC International.

SRC International is a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

“I have nothing to do with it. My advice then was not to do it. It is wrong,” he said.

MACC’s probe into SRC International is over a RM4bil bond sourced from Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen.

He also said Special Branch had advised the Government to explain clearly to the people about the 1MDB issue, and urged those involved to come forward to explain the issue.


Apparently, lately civil servants and members of His Majesty’s Government services made a lot of qualms about their summary transfer. It is unbecoming of themselves, their former role and position and the office they served illustriously by speaking to media in the tone of dissatisfaction and dismay.

They should not behave like a celebrity because they have taken oath of secrecy and agreed to follow and obey all instructions, in their capacity and function of the said roles.

This include transfers and re-assignment.

Even if their transfer and/or reassignment carries a lot of attention and media is using the opportunity to capitalise on the sensation and hoping to escalate it into controversy or even scandalous, they should have remained professional.

Their action inadvertently would encourage more and more junior officers to emulate or aspire mounting a challenge if and when they are faced with anything that is not up to their own personal agenda, whims and fancies.

It is doubtful that strategic officers like Hamid would want mutinies created.

Civil servants and career officers in His Majesty’s services are duty bound to remain professional, regardless what challenges they face. They are after all in the service of their political masters.

In all essence, what Hamid did in this meet the media session is somewhat the same magnitude when MACC Director of Investigation Dato’ Bahari Mohamad Zain uttered “Saya akan cari sampan ke lubang facing!“.

Otherwise, it is spooky to note this reckless drama by non professional actors.

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  1. Miss the old alfred hitchcock…

  2. “All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
    ― Sophocles, Antigone

    “To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace”
    ― Malcolm X

    “Stealing to eat ain’t criminal—stealing to be rich is.”
    ― Andrew Vachss, A Bomb Built in Hell

    “Criminal: a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.”
    ― Howard Scott

    “A real criminal mastermind isn’t known as a criminal mastermind, because how good can you be if you’re a known criminal? No, a real criminal mastermind is known by another name: politician.”
    ― Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

  3. I suppose what is being suggested is that civil servants, because they have taken an oath or whatever rules govern their service, should just lie down and die when they are told to lie down and die. Simple.

    So Gurmeet Kaur cannot have recourse to justice when she is summarily dismissed from service and her PR and that of her children are terminated just like that? She should just lie down and die too?

    What is this country coming to? Are we being ruled by a despot and his hirelings who recognise neither laws nor justice?

    • Agreed! I love Malaysia but the Government especially the PM needs to go. Taking the oath doesn’t mean blind loyalty. If it is wrong, one should voice it out. What happened to Amal Maaruf Nahi Munkar? Will the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) say on such leader?

      How do you live with yourself as a Muslim? Allah will ask you about this. Allah boleh cabut nyawa bila-bila masa. Please think before you defend Najib. What kind of leader lie and lie again to the rakyat? Donation also ada berapa versi?

      • Orang yang pertahankan Najib ada motif motif nya. Ada yang benar benar tak mahu Melayu berpecah lagi, salepas dah banyak kena sondol dek Al juburi. Ada yang kata Najib tak kuat semangat Melayu nya.

        Tapi tak tahu lah berapa kuat pemimpin politik pegang kpd apa yang Allah akan lakukan di belakang hari. Ramai yang nak senang di dunia, tak kisah sangat di akhirat.

  4. Well, we may never really know if Hamid Bador was insinuating or not. He was the inside man caught in unexpected power play beyond the grasp of his profession. If we were to be removed from a position due to office politics, we would know somehow who , where, when, why and how. Politicians must be reminded to exercise ethics and decorum too. Politicians come and go. Civil service is here to stay regardless which political party rules. All civil service envelopes bear the mark ‘ Urusan Seri Paduka Baginda’ not ‘ Urusan kerajaan BN’ and Ambassadors received credentials from the Yang diPertuan Agong and they serve abroad for King and country. Politicians who hold governmental positions like the PM are vested with so much power that it is important after what is happening in Msia, to choose leaders who have the moral conscience and integrity who do not subvert institutions and bully civil servants who are doing their jobs as empowered upon them by existing systems and institutions. Dissent as some scholars describe it, is people’s questioning of the use of excessive powers by the govt so as to stay in power. Malaysia is a case of utmost tolerance by the people and institutions by the reckless and senile actions of politicians. The people in Msiavwho now also suffer the massive falling ringgit, fall in KLCI trading , erosion of foreign reserves, high cost of living, unemployment among graduates, closings if small businesses , and yet the govt who kept saying certain quarters are out to topple them , don’t seem to intercede as govt to mitigate these situations. I don’t think Msians choose govt so that they will suffer. Lessons have been learnt by the people. It has been the darkest chapter in the history of governance in Msia. The mousedeer will forget a snare but a snare will never forget the mousedeer. BN govt anyone? Never again for a very long time . Until it has cleansed its mind, body , soul and posses a moral conscience.

  5. Authoritative articles and write-ups on government and the bureaucracy say that, in ordinary times, politicians who strongly oppose any major issue should resign and government officials who disagree with any policy matter should state his views, propose viable alternatives, then carry out whatever decision the political masters make.

    But these are not ordinary times, are they? When you consider

    – the 1MDB scandal is a huge one, its scale unprecedented in this country

    – no satisfactory answers given, the Auditor General’s Preliminary Report has been kept confidential, the PAC suspended

    – Gani Patail suddenly removed as Attorney General, the Task Force suspended, resumed by the new Attorney General, but minus MACC

    – the Cabinet reshuffled – consultation said to be by WhatsApp – Muhyiddin dropped, some PAC members promoted, making it non-operational

    – MACC senior Officers suddenly and immediately transferred, soon thereafter, reinstated to their former posts

    – talk about the RM2.6 billion is unceasing, its purpose varied from the fight against Zionist Jews, to defence against IS, to fighting DAP

    – DCP Hamid Bador, Deputy Director of the Police Special Branch, suddenly and immediately transferred, his boss “insinuated” as given a “quick retirement” and that has not been denied

    – UMNO is in some disarray, Najib got the Supreme Council to agree to a postponement of party elections by 18 months to near PRU14, ensuring a longer tenure as party President, yet there are those asking for party elections soon to get Zahid elected as the Deputy President, replacing Muhyiddin. Party elections also mean Najib may be contested and his position as party President becomes uncertain, too.

    These are the signs of the times and they don’t augur well for UMNO/BN’s chances of winning PRU14 under Najib – even if he continues as party President till then.

    If UMNO/BN loses PRU14, that will be a very sad day for many of us. There will be a lot of finger pointing and history will judge who owns the “hidden hands” and who is the “pengkhianat bangsa dan negara”.

  6. if the civil servant and the reporters keep their mouth shut, no watergate scandal will be ever be known. abuse of power of this current regime is unprecedented.

  7. This is yet another sign of the times –

    Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the movement will submit all the motions of all divisional youth delegates meetings to Najib after the Supreme Council meeting scheduled on September 9.

    “We will take up the issues and views from youths at the grassroots level so that action is taken on their concern and restlessness.

    “The examples of issues are concerning political donations, the people’s perceptions, investigation on the political fund donation and 1Malaysia Development Berhad, which are not only discussed by Umno youths, but also those youths outside,” he said.

    Note the words used by the Oxford graduate, who had long declared wanting to be PM by 40 (and he is nearing that age now) –

    “(UMNO Youth’s) concern and restlessness … investigation on the political fund donation and 1MDB, which are not only discussed by Umno youths (191 divisions), but also those youths outside”.

    “None of the motions will be screened…(Umno Youth) will deliver what we hear from the youths, especially from outside the party, so the leadership can do what is apt to bring back their confidence in the party,” he said.

    That’s a clear acknowledgement of a loss of confidence in UMNO, by the youths in the country. Whether UMNO would continue to have confidence in Najib, the coming months will tell.

  8. Kalau ikut logic BD, apa yang Anwar aka Al-Juburi lakukan dulu tu OK lah. (Mengarah Polis untuk menangkap dan mengertak Ummi Hafilda). Pegawai Polis mesti mengikut arahan dari ‘boss’ secara membabi-buta?
    Begitukah yang Saudara BD maksudkan? Kaki-main-Pungkoq tu tak bersalah mengarah Polis? Polis yang bersalah?

    Macam Sirul dan Azhar yang disabitkan kesalah membunuh Altantuya. Orang yang mengarah mereka tak bersalah juga?

    • Jangan belitkan.

      Pegawai kerajaan perlu jalankan tugas, sebagaimana yang dipertanggung jawabkan.

      Anwar Ibrahim tidak ada kuasa maupun hak untuk memberikan arahan kepada pegawai Polis dengan membuat proses ‘turnover’ kepada Azizan Abu Bakar dan Ummi Halfida.

  9. Bank Negara Governor Zeti said (when quizzed on Najib’s accounts at her press conference), “the moment I step out of this door, I will face arrest for talking about individuals’ accounts. I am sure you do not want that to happen”.

    The ground is clear in her case on that instance, isn’t it. But I have not seen any one pointing out the instance(s) and the specifics that Hamid Bador said or did that make him liable for accusation of breaking the law. Including on seeing Tun Dr Mahathir several times.

  10. BD

    Would you label Azilah and Sirul as exemplary civil servants when they carried out the murder of Altantuya??

    They have no personal motive except blind loyalty to the big boss.

    Now they are convicted for the criminal act but the one who instructed and has definite personal MOTIVE is scot free till today.

    Is this the standard you label as “professional”??

    • Did they murder Altantuyaa in their line of duty?

      If so, who gave the instruction?

      Or they did it because they were ‘taking a contract’.

      If they decide to be criminals, then it has nothing to do with their service.

      • But it is still VERY crucial to arrest the person who issued that contract, don’t you think so?

        Najib should reopen this case and discover the person who paid for the murder contract. Otherwise more murder contracts may be issued in future.


      • Totally!

        However neither Azilah’s nor Sirul’s defence team brought the matter up in court and put both of them on the witness stand to testify, that they either were given ‘instruction’ or paid to eliminate Altantuyaa.

        (Sirul did mention in his caution statement that received money to eliminate Altantuyaa)

        We think that is the basic principle of defence, especially in a murder case.

        It is not like the duo did not have a fair chance in court. They have exhausted their chance in court and that is all there is to it.

        The fact is that, they were Policemen and they admitted to the murder of the Mongolian woman.

        Anything else than facts are good material for Pinewood to create a re-enaction, ‘Based on true story’.

      • There is no ‘statute of limitations’ on Homicide cases. A murder case is one type of case that is never ‘closed.’ If you believe that you have new evidence or information which may lead to a suspect – contact the agency which originally investigated the case and speak with the Detective Division. They would welcome any leads which would lead to the case closure.

      • Very well.

        The defence lawyers for Azilah and Sirul should present this ‘new evidence’.

        After all, the lives of the two Police special for forces rested in the hands of these defence counsels.It had always been since they were presented and charged with the murder of Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.

        Even in court, they as defence lawyers never challenged the motive of the murder.

        So why weren’t they doing it then? Why are they not doing it now, if there is a fresh credible evidence? Were they not have the duty as solicitors to defend Azilah and Sirul?

        Then why is it thrown in the tone of anti-Najib connotation? It is not like Najib was responsible in anyway in any part along the entire episode pertaining to the defence cases of Azilah and Sirul.

        It is coming up to nine years now by November.

        These dead men walking cases are up and about their defence lawyers’ responsibilities. As far as the prosecutions’ case, they have secured the exhaustive end that the two armed Policemen did murder the poor Mongolian women.

  11. Legislation

    In the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries, a contract to kill a person is void, meaning that it is not legally enforceable. Any contract to commit an indictable offense is not enforceable. Thus, if a hitman takes the money but then fails or refuses to perform, the customer cannot sue for specific performance or for damages for breach of contract. Conversely, if the hitman performs the killing as promised but the customer refuses to pay, the hitman cannot sue the customer for monetary damages.

    Furthermore, both the actual killer and the person who paid the killer can be found GUILTY of murder. Indeed, the acts of merely negotiating and paying for a contract killing (that is never actually carried out) are themselves punishable as attempted murder, as they constitute the “substantial step” towards a crime which are essential for imposing liability for an attempted crime.

    In some U.S. jurisdictions with capital punishment, a contract killing may be a special circumstance that allows for the murderer to receive the death penalty.

  12. The question now is: what can and what will Hamid Bador do? Report for duty at PM’s Dept after his leave or resign and make more statements on “the hidden hands”, etc. More speculations will arise.

    Speculations abound in the country since the outbreak of the 1MDB scandal, worsened by the RM2.6 billion debacle. And the rakyat must not be penalised for speculating. The sums involved are humongous.

    The Deputy Director of the Police Special Branch who wanted a full and proper investigation on 1MDB is of unquestionable character. The former IGP Rahim Noor spoke very highly of the man who worked for him when he was DSB for 4 years – intelligent and highly experienced in intelligence, very high integrity, full of loyalty and dedication to the SB, the Police Force and the country.

    Speculations should not be regarded as subversion of Parliamentary democracy or attempts at ousting the Government. Of all people, Najib must be very open minded about this – he is the one who discarded ISA, an important tool for the Police in the maintenance of law and order. Criticizing Najib and asking UMNO to replace him as party President is far different from illegal street demonstrations condemning the government all sorts. Like planned by Bersih, exploiting, and without even respecting the country’s national and independence day.

    The Police have their own sets of procedures, rules and regulations in carrying out their responsibilities for the maintenance of law and order, peace and stability. They have 60 years of experience as a Police Force of an independent country. And considering the carry-over from the 80 years of British colonial rule, their total experience is nearly 150 years. They must be allowed to do their work without “the hidden hands”.


  13. Sirul had also pleaded with the judge not to impose the death sentence on him, saying: “I am the black sheep who has to be sacrificed to protect unnamed people.”

    This was an open admission of the existence of a plot hatched by mysterious personages to kill Altantuya. Was Sirul asked to divulge who these ‘unnamed people’ were?


    There are many curious happenings in this particular case. Najib has sworn on the Quran that he was not involved in the murder of Altantuya.

    So what is Najib afraid of? Sirul had to run to Australia to save himself?

  14. Pemimpin yang menyebabkan UMNO kalah itu adalah pemimpin yang bangsat.

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