‘No black or white knight, just truth’

Ex CCID chief Ramli Yusuff strikes back at his rival, Musa Hassan, for claiming that the former is trying to be the saviour of the police force.

Anisah Shukry, FMT

Former Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Ramli Yusuff today dismissed claims by former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan that he is attempting to paint himself as the saviour of the police force.

“There is no black knight, white knight in the equation at all. It is just an issue of me telling the truth.

“If you (Musa) want to attack someone in the police force, we ex-police officers are responsible to say something about it as well,” he told FMT.

Ramli was referring to Musa’s recent allegations that ministers had attempted to interfere with police investigations during the latter’s time in the force – a practice which Musa claims continues unabated even under Ismail Omar’s current reign as IGP.

In response to Musa’s “revelations”, Ramli told reporters that Musa himself had ties with underworld figures such as Goh Cheng Poh, or Tengku Goh, and this raised Musa’s ire.

“From the outside, it seems like [Ramli is] the white knight, saviour of PDRM [Royal Malaysian Police]… while I’m the black knight who is destroying PDRM… the picture has been painted as such,” Musa had said at a press conference last week.

However, Ramli rubbished such a notion and said that his criticism was merely a response to Musa’s “open disturbance” of the police force.

“When you have retired, your days are over. You don’t disturb. Your successors have their own way of doing things. You are gone, so why do you want to disturb?” said Ramli today.

He added that if Musa sincerely intended to combat criminal elements and ministerial interference in the police force, he would have met with the IGP personally to discuss this issue, rather than humiliate everyone by turning to the media.

“You don’t have to say these kind of things in the open. These are internal matters. Musa could have discussed it discreetly with Ismail, meet up with him, tell him nicely.

“Or he could have gone through our associations,” Ramli pointed out.

Instead, Musa had told reporters that Ismail was a “yes-man” and a “snob”, and even described how, in 2008, Ismail had allegedly wept by his bedside after obeying then-home minister Syed Hamid Albar’s orders to arrest a Sin Chew Daily reporter under the Internal Security Act.

“Both Musa and Ismail served under me directly for six years, I know both of them well because I put up their yearly confidential report,” said Ramli.

“I know how they are, they each have different personalities and own way of doing things. So Musa cannot expect Ismail to follow in his footsteps,” he added.