Hamid: Coup plot talk just a diversion


Former SB deputy director describes ‘wicked’ attempts to confuse the public and stop 1MDB investigation

(Free Malaysia Today) – Government leaders have been accused of trying to divert public attention from 1Malaysia Development Bhd with talk of a plot to overthrow the government.

Former Special Branch deputy director Abdul Hamid Bador said those in power were willing to do anything to ensure that 1MDB investigations were stopped. “In line with that effort, they are confusing the public with a stale script of a supposed conspiracy to topple the government,” he was quoted as saying in an open letter released to the press.

Hamid said the talk of the plot did not make sense and described it as wicked. “Who wants to topple the government? Supposedly it’s the Chinese who are taking power?,” he said. “So wicked is the diversionary tactic used by these robbers – from criminal breach of trust to a racial issue.”

He noted that the public merely wanted an explanation from the prime minister, Najib Razak, about 1MDB and whether it had borrowed RM4 billion from the civil service pension fund.

However, answers had not been forthcoming, and instead the public were asked to give 1MDB six months to resolve its issues, while at the same time investigations were met by various obstacles.

Hamid himself was transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department, which he had claimed was an attempt to silence him about 1MDB.