PETALING JAYA: A Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) should be set up to probe allegations by former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Umno president said he will instruct the party's ministers to push for the RCI because the allegations involve abuse of power and corruption in government institutions.
"The revelations by the two former leaders of vital government organisations are very serious, especially when it involves political interference and corruption in institutions that are supposed to defend the Constitution, rule of law, and national security.
"I will ask ministers representing Umno to carry this call to the government, so immediate action can be taken," he said in a statement on Friday (May 7).
"The formation of an RCI should be expedited in order to restore public confidence and trust in the institutions and system that uphold the rule of law and national security," he added.
Ahmad Zahid also said he agreed with calls by Umno Youth for the government to set up the RCI to investigate claims by Abdul Hamid and Thomas.
On Thursday (May 6), Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the RCI was needed because the allegations contain elements of abuse of power in the appointment of judges and major positions in the police, as well as interference in the judiciary and police force.
In Abdul Hamid's last press conference as IGP, he claimed that Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin had tried to influence the transfers of police officers as president of the Police Force Commission (SPP).
He also alleged that Hamzah had attempted to use the Special Branch Department for political gain.
Abdul Hamid had said he was prepared to cooperate with the authorities if he is called up for investigation.
Thomas, in his recently published autobiography My Story: Justice in The Wilderness, also claimed there was interference in the judiciary by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his former tenure as premier.