‘Scandal a huge waste of time’

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

KUALA KUBU BARU: The sex video case allegedly implicating a Cabinet minister is a huge waste of time and resources, said Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said the case had been a waste of his time and the time of his personnel who should have been focusing their efforts on crime eradication and prevention.

“This issue shouldn’t have come about. Since it was brought to light, I have been pressured by politicians – not by those within the government – but outside, to verify the authenticity of the video.

“I have been patient for quite some time, but as the days go on, the pressure has been mounting. The way I see it, these politicians are just wasting time,” he told reporters after closing the National Cadet Police camping event at Kuala Kubu Baru yesterday.

Abdul Hamid said political parties who wanted to fight among themselves should do so within their own sphere.

“Don’t let it spill over and burden the public and the government.

“We in the police are forced to spend more to fly our investigation teams here and there. It’s a waste of time.

“I urge these politicians not to do such work which is an evil conspi­racy. I still stand by that statement,” he said.

Abdul Hamid said what was going on should not be done by mature politicians.

“It has been just over a year since the general election, but such things were still going on.

“I promised the government when I took office that we would work more efficiently and improve police integrity and the quality of our service delivery. But now, I am burdened with such a petty issue,” he said, adding that he was not angry about what he had to deal with.

But he needed to clear the air over the matter.

Abdul Hamid said he was aware of those who claimed he was being political and allegations about him being someone’s “blue-eyed boy”.

“On the matter of the video, there are two aspects which were being looked at, the video content itself and who made it and spread it. So what is so political about my earlier statement?” he added.

He again called on politicians to be more responsible.

“If you want to fight, do it within your ‘teacup’, like the saying a storm in a teacup. Do not let it spill over.

“If you want to fight for power, do it within your own perimeter,” he said.

Abdul Hamid also advised the media to not focus on such issues.

“Tell your editors to play up these issues less. The question over whether the video is fake or real is humiliating to someone else.

“What if it was you who had to face a similar situation in future?” he asked, adding that he understood human nature and that people loved to read such stories. But the media has its responsibility and a role to play in society, he said.

However, he said he would not turn a blind eye on such issues.

“Let us do our job professionally,” he said.

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