IGP: Probe into info leak put off

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  • Sunday, 09 Aug 2015

Khalid greeted by senior police officers at the function in Penang on Saturday

GEORGE TOWN: Police will temporarily postpone the investigations on Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) alleged leakage of information which was published in the Sarawak Report portal.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said although more people would be called to help in the investigation, the case was postponed to avoid numerous assumptions and public perception.

"With a variety of assumptions and perceptions having been made, I have ordered for a temporary postponement of the case," he told a press conference here on Saturday.

When asked how long the investigation would be postponed, Khalid said:

"We'll see...I don't want my friends at the MACC to think that we are making some kind of harassment."

Khalid said he had personally contacted MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed to explain that police were looking for the source of the leak and not investigating MACC itself.

Commenting further on the investigation into MACC senior officials and the seizure of files and computers, Khalid said the police were only doing their job based on the report received.

He said the police never intended to interfere with any investigations, let alone target any particular institution, especially the MACC.

"We had no choice, we cannot make selective investigation, we cannot do that...when we receive the report, we have to carry out our responsibilities. Besides, this is a very serious report.

"We need to complete the investigation and submit a report to the Attorney-General and let him make the decision.

"The accusation is not made by an institution, but by individuals who we have to find and investigate... I don't want the police and MACC to hold grudges against each other because it is not good for the country, for law enforcement agencies," he said.

Khalid said what was being done by the police was in accordance with the law and any seizure of goods for investigation was a normal procedure in an investigation.

Earlier, speaking at the dinner in conjunction with IGP Cup Friendly Golf Tournament 2015, he said the MACC was not the enemy of the police and it was the responsibility of the police to support the MACC's tasks in combating corruption.

"We all know that over the last week, there are disputes between the police and the MACC, we never want to interfere with tasks carried out by other agencies," he said.

Khalid said the action against MACC directors and two senior officers was taken because there was a need to find how the copy of a charge sheet could be uploaded onto the Sarawak Report portal.

"We have also called witnesses from Bank Negara and other commercial banks in conducting the investigations. We acted on the instructions from the Attorney General. We arrested three people, seized documents and set them free.

"We have also returned the documents after we finished checking it. We only focused on the leakage of information in Sarawak Report and also leakage of banking information. We consider this act as a serious crime as it could threaten the stability of the country," he said.

Khalid said Bukit Aman police have requested Interpol's help to arrest the founder and editor of Sarawak Report Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

"We have issued an arrest warrant against her and have also asked Interpol to register her as a person wanted under the 'red notice'," he added. 

Khalid also said police "will continue to defend the current government leadership simply because it was chosen by the people through a legitimate democratic process."

He said the police, as the pillars that maintain the stability of the country, must not be weakened and easily manipulated as there are threats that could destabilise the country simply by spreading inaccurate information through social media.

"It is the police's responsibility to ensure that the elected government will be able to rule the country and the appointed prime minister be given the due respect."

He said the police would also support all policies made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the appointed Cabinet line-up and would stay loyal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in maintaining national harmony.

Khalid said the police would not stop anyone from changing the government but it should be done in the democratic and constitutional way.

"If tomorrow, a new government is formed, the police will obey and follow the new ruling government," he said. - Bernama

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