Patriot welcomes Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador’s statement that “the Special Branch will not be used as a government’s tool to silence dissidents as was done in the previous administration”.
He went on to say that “politicians are the most notorious ones and were responsible for the rise of racial and religious hatred, and they are likened to ‘chameleons’ when it came to playing the race and religious cards”.
Patriot has nothing more to add to the frank and honest statement made by the inspector general – a statement no previous senior police officer would have dared to make.
An exemplary, dedicated leader and man of honour, Hamid Bador, when he was the deputy director of the Special Branch, dared to speak up against the wife of the former prime minister and for troubling his police officers to do menial jobs during her shopping spree overseas. The outburst cost him his job.
One of his first statements since becoming the police chief was to warn his officers to dissociate themselves from underworld gambling operators who were known to have sought favours from police officers.
The inspector general has also come down hard on corruption in police ranks and vowed to cleanse the police force of its corrupt image. He recently cautioned officers in charge of police districts against soliciting money for Hari Raya open houses in police districts.
Besides demanding a high standard of professionalism and discipline, Hamid Bador strives to fight for the welfare and dignity of his personnel in the police force. His heart and soul are fully emplaced to revamp the institution to complement efforts in nation-rebuilding. These are qualities of a superb leader, and Patriot salutes him.
The question is, do our politicians also have good leadership qualities like our police chief? Or are they preoccupied fighting for positions and drawing long knives to kill each other, therefore jeopardising our nation-rebuilding effort?
Patriot urges the Armed Forces’ leadership to come forward with similar statements on fighting corruption in the Armed Forces, and the military intelligence in particular to disassociate themselves from ever again being a tool of political masters.
Recent reports on Ministry of Defence land swap deals, alleged corruption in the supply of armoured fighting vehicles and now the undelivered six helicopters bought in 2015 are a big shame to the ministry that must never ever happen again.
Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan.