SEMENYIH: The Home Minister has refuted a Sarawak Report article that the Inspector-General of Police has gone on a lavish trip to Turkey with the top brass from Bukit Aman costing over RM300,000.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the top cop and several other Bukit Aman officers had approval for the trip.
“The trip was sponsored by Lembaga Totalisator Malaysia, which is an agency under the Finance Ministry.
“Any officer or police delegation seeking to go out of the country needs prior authorisation and in this case, I was informed and have given my consent for the trip.
“It is not the first time I have authorised working trips,” he told reporters after visiting the General Operations Force Battalion 4 base here yesterday.
However, he said he was not aware of the number of people on the trip.
Muhyiddin said the reason for the trip to Turkey was to attend training on initiatives and ways to combat online gambling.
“This is a big issue in our country and briefings from other countries are important, especially for information sharing,” he said.
Sarawak Report alleged that Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun and 17 other police officers had headed to Istanbul via Doha on Feb 7.
The site also implied that the officers were on a lavish trip there, staying in a four-star hotel.
It also put up a rough estimate of the trip, claiming that the flights would come up to RM254,218 while the hotel rooms would cost RM58,225, without taking meals and other expenses into account.
Asked if the trip was meant as a way to thank Mohamad Fuzi who is set to retire soon, Muhyiddin said there was no such thing.