PUTRAJAYA – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today there was nothing criminal in the relationship between Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and one K. Gopinathan, the suspected go-between in the protection money racket in Melaka.
He said it was normal for a police officer to know many people.
“ … in this matter, do not link Khalid to the case,” said Ahmad Zahid after he had opened a workshop on the reformation of Islamic education organised by the Advisery Board on Islamic Education Coordination (Lepai) here.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was asked to comment on Khalid’s admission that he knew Gopinathan.
Khalid had said yesterday that he and his family knew Gopinathan. This followed a Sarawak Report news portal report on Monday which claimed that Gopinathan had close links with Khalid and his family.
Khalid had also said that he would not collude in any illegal activity and would cooperate fully if the allegations of his family’s involvement in unlawful activities were investigated.