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Suaram: Ex-IGP's comments on home minister's alleged interference shows urgent need for police reform

Suaram: Ex-IGP's comments on home minister's alleged interference shows urgent need for police reform
KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — The recent revelation by former inspector-general of police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador that he allegedly experienced political interference from Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin is a clear indication of the need for police reform in the country, said Suara...

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — The recent revelation by former inspector-general of police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador that he allegedly experienced political interference from Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin is a clear indication of the need for police reform in the country, said Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram).The human rights NGO's executive director Sevan Doriasamy said Abdul Hamid's remarks indicated a clear abuse of power.On April 15, Abdul Hamid claimed in an interview that JIPS had previously conducted cover-ups to hide the misdeeds of police personnel, adding that several of its officers had been given favours and subsequently allowed the providers to escape discipline and justice, rather than face charges or transfers from their positions.Yesterday, during an interview, Abdul Hamid alleged that Hamzah's interference included seeking to determine who will lead the Special Branch Department (SB) ostensibly for political gain.

He added that the minister has also been meddling with some of SB's operations which has caused others in the department to become unhappy with Hamzah, though Abdul Hamid provided no further details.“We call upon the home minister to explain this interference, particularly since he is chairing the Police Force Commission (SPP),” he said during the launch of Suaram's Human Rights Report 2020 at the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

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