Probe to ex­tend to state, district po­lice head­quar­ters

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case of 16 po­lice­men who have al­legedly been col­lud­ing with drug syn­di­cates will be ex­tended to state and district po­lice head­quar­ters level.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said he had in­formed In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, his deputy, Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, and fed­eral Nar­cotics De­part­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shar­iff to take im­me­di­ate action against those in­volved.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pre­hen­sive and will in­clude state and district po­lice head­quar­ters... the action be­ing meted out is not only in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary action, but will in­volve le­gal action,” he said af­ter a ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for the Ibrahim In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness District pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture project here yes­ter­day.

Zahid was com­ment­ing on the ar­rests of 16 po­lice­men un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 for al­legedly col­lud­ing with drug syn­di­cates.

The New Straits Times broke the news in a front page re­port on Satur­day, re­veal­ing that the po­lice­men in­cluded se­nior of­fi­cers ranked as high as deputy su­per­in­ten­dent.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said the govern­ment wanted to com­bat the threat of drugs, but be­cause of these “in­vis­i­ble hands” who sold in­for­ma­tion on po­lice ac­tions, or col­luded with syn­di­cates, the ef­forts were un­suc­cess­ful.

“We will not pro­tect any­body in­volved in this mat­ter and we will co­op­er­ate with all agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion to de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate le­gal action.”

He said the min­istry had never de­nied the pos­si­bil­ity that there may be leaks in po­lice op­er­a­tions, which was why the elite teams, namely the Spe­cial Task Force for Anti-vice, Gam­ing and Gang­ster­ism,

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