Acting Dep IGP: Police have given full cooperation to Suhakam

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has given its full cooperation to Suhakam’s inquiry into the disappearances of activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh, says Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

The acting Deputy Inspector-General of Police said the police had complied with Suhakam’s demands by providing witnesses to be questioned.

“The IGP (Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun) even set up an investigation committee in meeting Suhakam’s demands in tracking down both men, prior to the results of the inquiry.

“I am confident the IGP will have credible answers to the allegations raised by Suhakam. I believe he will issue a statement soon pertaining to the matter,” he said at a press conference after attending the graduation ceremony for 393 Cadet Inspectors at the Police Training Centre on Saturday.

As the current Bukit Aman Special Branch department director, Comm Abdul Hamid said he was very much affected by Suhakam’s allegations, which implicated the department for actions that were clearly against the law.

“I am concerned with what has been said and alleged by the inquiry.

“The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have issued their respective statements, whereby if there is clearer proof or if there is a need, the government will implement actions that will be fair in addressing matters raised by Suhakam,” he said.

Asked about the efforts taken by police to track down Pastor Koh and Amri, Comm Abdul Hamid said he did not have any information as he was not the SB director when the two men went missing.

“As you all know, I only took over as director last year, but the incidents occurred two to three years ago.

“I am not privy to the efforts taken at that time,” he said.

Comm Abdul Hamid said legal practitioners in the country were in two minds over the findings and allegations by Suhakam.

“On one side, there are those who said that Suhakam should have not made the findings public before referring the matter to the government, whilst (on the other) there are also those who feel that what they did was not wrong.

“It is best if we wait for IGP’s statement on the matter,” he said.

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