Police keeping the peace


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020

Come on, now: Abdul Hamid gesturing while being asked a question by a reporter after an audience with the King at Istana Negara. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The Inspector-General of Police has warned that action will be taken against those who attempt to threaten public order in light of the current political crisis.

Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said while police had not received any reports on fake news or disruptions to public order, they were prepared to take any necessary action.

He was summoned to Istana Negara to brief Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on public order and security following the current crisis.

“I advised him that the situation was overall peaceful and calm

albeit some anxiety given the current political crisis.

“The King advised police to continue our efforts to keep the peace and I advise everyone not to speculate, ” he said while at the gates of Istana Negara yesterday at about 6.40pm.

He said the democratic process was moving smoothly and the King would announce his decision very soon.

Abdul Hamid said police would continue to monitor the situation and take action against anyone who threatened the peace.

“Please remain calm and go on with your daily lives, ” he added.

Abdul Hamid said he had an audience with the King together with Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali, adding that he was also expected to give a statement soon.

Earlier, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad smiled and waved at pressmen upon leaving Istana Negara where he had an audience with the King over his resignation as Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir, who arrived at the palace at 4.40pm, left along with his motorcade at around 6.20pm yesterday.

His appearance at Istana Negara was his first public sighting since the shell-shocked announcement that he was resigning as Prime Minister earlier yesterday.

In a press statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Mahathir’s letter of resignation was delivered to the King at 1pm before he went to face the King.

At 3.20pm, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail left Istana Negara after less than an hour of their much anticipated audience with the King.

Their meeting drew major media attention as it came following Dr Mahathir’s announcement, which was also made a day after certain quarters from Pakatan Harapan corralled to propose a new ruling coalition.

The proposed alliance was reported to consist of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s PKR faction, Umno, PAS, as well as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

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