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Tuesday September 7, 2010

IGP speaks out against third party interference

KUALA LUMPUR: Outgoing Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has spoken out against what he described as excessive interference by “third parties” in police work, naming the Home Ministry as among them.

“All kinds of people interfere. People from the ministry itself, outsiders and people with vested interest who want to do things that are not right,” he added.

Musa, who will be retiring on Sept 12, said this at his final press conference at Bukit Aman here yesterday.

“The ministry I mentioned is the Home Ministry, of course. Other ministries cannot give me orders. No outsiders should dictate what police officers should and should not do,” he said.

On his retirement, Musa said he was happy to leave the police force after 41 years of service.

“I love my job, I love the police force and I achieved all that I hoped for. Now it’s time for me to spend (my days) with my grandchildren.

“I have been working very hard and only took leave when I was ill. It’s time for me to rest and be with my family,” he said.

Musa thanked Malaysians for cooperating with the police and hoped the cooperation would continue with his successor Tan Sri Ismail Omar.

“Without the public’s assistance in giving us information on criminal activities, the force would not be able to nab the culprits and lower the nationwide crime rate,” he said.

Musa stressed that the force needed to look after the country and gain the people’s trust.

“I also hope the five-year plan I initiated in 2007 to promote integrity, enhance service delivery and reduce crime rate will show the expected results,” he added.

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