KUALA LUMPUR: Identify ourselves? Maybe we’ll use placards.
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, in a light moment with the press, contemplated ordering some for his men after reports of Special Branch officers being barred from events.
“I think I will ask for a budget from the Home Minister to prepare special placards,” he said in jest yesterday.
Abdul Hamid was responding to Warisan vice-president Datuk Junz Wong’s statement on Tuesday that those in Special Branch should identify themselves when attending events.However, Abdul Hamid made it clear that the police were there to do their job and keep the peace.
“There is no issue. At press conferences things can get heated so when the police are there they can cool things down. So that’s to their advantage,” he said.
He said that organisers were free to put up restrictions but the police would continue to do their duty as usual.
He also said that there was no need to change procedures as there had been no issues (of them attending events) throughout the police force’s 212 years.
As for updates on the three suspects believed to have links to an Islamic State “wolf pack” cell that planned to kill four VIPs and launch attacks on non-Muslim houses of worship, the IGP said it was believed that all suspects were still in the country.
“We are tracking them down. Those with information on their whereabouts are urged to share them with the police,” he said.
He also urged the public not to fall into extremism.
“I call for all to take a moderate approach when fighting for rights such as religion or race. Be sensitive. We are collectively responsible to create a community that understands each other.”
Yesterday, Abdul Hamid oversaw the official handing over ceremony for the newly minted Deputy Inspector-General Datuk Mazlan Mansor.
The ceremony also saw Mazlan officially stepping away from his position as Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigations will be led by acting director Deputy Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, who was also in attendance, said the ministry had identified candidates to fill high-level vacancies in the police force.