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.