KUALA LUMPUR: There is no political motive behind the recent police decisions to call up politicians to record their statement, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic).
The Inspector-General of Police refuted claims that the police were out to intimidate or "grill" certain politicians.
"In the case involving Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, we acted based on existing guidelines and laws.
"We took actions based on a report by an individual, who alleged that she had issued a statement that might be deemed seditious.
"However, we also discovered that she is alleging that there is as an effort to defame her," he said.
Investigators had no other methods in investigating the matter other than to call her up and ask her to come to Bukit Aman and explain, as is the normal procedure, he added.
"This is not an act of intimidation.
"Under my watch, I will not — and have not — allowed the police to take actions that might be construed as having political motives," he said.
The IGP said with the police calling her up and recording her statement, Yeoh would have the opportunity to give her side as to what transpired.
"If we ascertain that her allegations that someone is out to defame her is warranted, we will investigate those responsible.
"We will be fair, and there is no question of the police trying to intimidate or suppress freedom of speech... not under my watch," Hamid said.
The country's top cop also said the latest politician to be called up is Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on Thursday (June 18).
"Every time politicians make a public statement, there is bound to be positive and negative reactions.
"A report was lodged based on what he said, so we consider the content of the report and grievances of the one who lodged it.
"The investigators will then ascertain whether there is any offence and will do their due diligence.
"For example, if we look at the case on the angle of the Sedition Act, we will track down the statement with the assistance of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) if it came from social media.
"The one who allegedly made the statement will be given a chance to explain. If the report was lodged with malicious intention, he or she can make a counter report," he explained.
In cases involving politicians, Hamid said he had instructed CID officers to take a prudent approach.
"Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has told me that the police must not be a tool to be used against the government's political enemies.
"Even during the Pakatan Harapan rule, then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advised me not to take action based on political motive.
"The police are on the right track, taking actions based on the Federal Constitution and laws," Hamid said.
The IGP said he welcomed a meeting with any unhappy party so that he could explain.
"They can come in groups so that I can address them," he said.
It was reported that Yeoh would be giving her full cooperation to the police when she showed up for questioning next week.
"I've been informed that my tweet on March 9 on the National Strategic Plan in handling the causes of child marriage, and I am prepared to give my full cooperation," she had said in a statement.
She is expected to be questioned by Bukit Aman on June 23.
On a separate matter, the former deputy women, family and community development minister asserted that a post that went viral on social media in March was from a fake account and not hers.
Yeoh slammed the person who made the post using her picture and which suggested that the Perikatan Nasional government would not be serious in handling the child marriage issue.
"This poster is a fake, and I never used those words," she said.