Cops not probing ex-deputy SB’s 1MDB cover-up allegation, Zahid says
(Malay Mail Online) – There is no investigation on Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador’s (pic) claim of an alleged cover-up in the probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as the former Special Branch (SB) deputy chief has not lodged any police report, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
The home minister said in a written parliamentary reply to Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar that without a report, Abdul Hamid’s allegations were just personal assumptions that were played up on social media.
“The police are not carrying out any investigation and have not opened any investigation paper on the matter as checks have shown that he, nor any other party, have lodged reports,” Zahid confirmed in his reply.
In his question, Mahfuz had asked the ministry for the outcome of the probe on Abdul Hamid’s claim of attempts to hamper the ongoing probe on state-owned firm 1MDB, and what action would be taken against the latter, if any.
In August, Abdul Hamid unexpectedly received an order to transfer out of the police intelligence unit into the Prime Minister’s Department, a move he said was likely due to his comments on the 1MDB controversy.
On August 23, Abdul Hamid told a press conference that one of the three individuals wanted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its probe on SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary, is currently on the run and hiding in New Zealand.
He also claimed there are “invisible powers” who have been trying to prevent this individual from being questioned by the anti-graft agency.
Abdul Hamid was subsequently later issued a show cause letter from the police force and given two weeks to explain his remarks to the media on his transfer.
In his reply today, Zahid also noted that Abdul Hamid was issued the show cause letter.
He added that Putrajaya’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) will also be looking into the episode, adding that his ministry will not comment further until the department decides on its next move.