Acryl Sani has a lot to do

ABDUL Hamid Bador kept his word and handed over the baton of command to Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, but not before making it red hot.

It, however, came as a great relief and saved the service from any legal challenge to the validity of the new inspector-general of police’s appointment. It would have been a devastating morale blow if the handing over of the baton of command was disputed at any stage.

The police service was put through unnecessary pressure of actions and words by the main actors, which fuelled destabilising speculation in the court of public opinion. It reeked of mischievous design creating a heavier burden for the new IGP.

Acryl has a lot to do in tying up so many image blurring allegations, many of which were made directly by his predecessor.

Some knots will be difficult to unravel in view of the absence of police reports. No one seems to be able to put their finger on the source of the first information report pertaining to the involvement of senior police officers in a cartel.

It was ironic that the outcry to ensure the command and control of the police service complies with the Police Act, but serious criminal allegations made by Hamid against the so-called cartel was not reduced into writing by way of a police report!

Allegations made must be investigated transparently with due process, to ensure those guilty will be brought to justice. If these allegations are false, then those who cannot prove it must also bear legal consequences.

These allegations, if not brought to a conclusive end, will affect the people’s overall trust and confidence in the police for a long time to come, notwithstanding the fact that lack of effective action will not only be unfair to serving personnel but also to those who have served in the past.

Preventive laws will not make their offences fully transparent in comparison to due process through the criminal justice system. The recent ruling on the Addy Kana case with two other police officers puts the police on serious notice to not depend solely on preventive laws.

They have to start enhancing and improving all their tools of criminal investigations, failing which they will succumb to more unorthodox and improper methods to gather admissible evidence. The use of minimum and optimum force must become transparently more professional.

The outgoing IGP has left many stones unturned from the time he took command and made many promises that were unkept. This is not uncommon as many of his predecessors said and did the same too by promising too much.

They were more focused in keeping the political masters happy as their careers depended on it, including post-retirement benefits.

The allegation that the executive has too much influence over the police service is not far from the truth. Basically it boils down to the respective police officers who can decide the degree of their association with the executive.

Officers in the past were more hardy and steadfast. They ensured the demarcated line between the executive and the police were clear.

Hamid, however, has been brave by opening a bigger pandora’s box. His successor must take firm action to put to bed all those allegations with swift decisiveness.

It would be prudent for our new IGP to review and implement the recommendations made by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of The Royal Malaysia Police in 2005.

All his predecessors failed to appreciate the wisdom and foresight of these recommendations, which would have gone a long way to a better and professional police service.

It is also imperative that the IGP be in the forefront of widening the separation of powers of influence between police and the executive.

This allegation, I feel, is the most pertinent and should be taken more seriously for the sake of a more professional police service.

All the best to the new IGP and we look forward to a rejuvenated police service under his command. – May 4, 2021.

* G. Seiva reads The Malaysian Insight.

* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight.

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  • Excuse me, alot to do or not to do after he denied that rape joke as a flow thing. He looks very doubtful and there's already fear on his face by looking at his looks on social media. I know of one Ganapathy at BAman in the 80s who looked like a lion as a top police personnel there when I visited him upon a Ipoh based lawyer, Sivalingam who told me to meet him while I was attending my Uni days in KL. That looks drives a nail of fear and respect not his position but he was humble to the core.....I salute these officers in the mid 80s....

    Posted 1 week ago by Crishan Veera · Reply

  • "No one seems to be able to put their finger on the source of the first information report pertaining to the involvement of senior police officers in a cartel".

    This statement is wrong! An FIR does not have to be a black and white report made by a member of the public.

    Why no FIR? Who spoke about it? Who highlighted it? Was it not publicly stated? The just retired IGP Hamid Bador is the one who blew the whistle on this. So the FIR is from him as was published in the media. All the media reports are the FIR. The police cannot therefore say "THERE IS NO FIR". The police should compile all these reports, open a file and call up Hamid Bador to give a statement on the reports quoting him. He can be compelled to give a statement.

    It is therefore a matter of "mahu atau tak mahu" take any action on Hamid Bador's exposure of the cartel.

    The case must not be closed by giving the unacceptable excuse "no FIR".

    Posted 1 week ago by Ravinder Singh · Reply