ALREADY SOMETHING SEEMS WRONG WITH NEW IGP: FOR HAMID BADOR, THERE’S NOTHING WRONG FOR SB TO POSE AS REPORTERS AT PRESS CONFERENCES – AND IT’S ‘PETTY & PROVOCATIVE’ FOR HINDRAF TO WANT ADDITIONAL SECURITY FOR WAYTHA MOORTHY

THE nation’s top cop today ridiculed Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Junz Wong’s suggestion that Special Branch officers identify themselves at government events.

“Maybe I need to get more budget from the home minister, and after that, my men can carry placards that say ‘I am SB’ when they attend such functions,” said Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador in Kuala Lumpur.

He told the press that there have never been issues with cops attending government functions.

“It is not an issue at all. For the past 200 years, police never had any problems when attending government functions.

Wong yesterday said Special Branch personnel can attend Warisan and government events on the condition they identify themselves first, in response to claims that officers have been barred from attending the said functions.

“We cannot have people coming to an event claiming that they are journalists. It would be misleading.

“For this reason, even if they are police officials, it would be better to make themselves known instead of acting as if they are members of the media.

“Press conferences are held by the government and party from time to time, to inform the public of government plans, among others.

“There is nothing secret at a press conference. It is for public consumption.”

CIVIL society must not be provocative and petty when making demands, said Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

He called on such groups to be mindful of their acts, so as to not cause racial and religious tensions in the country.

His comment are in response to the Hindu Rights Action Force’s (Hindraf) request that cops provide more protection to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy, following news that several men have been arrested for plotting the assassination of high-profile individuals.

Police did not name Waytha Moorthy as among those targeted.

“But do not provoke, because your statements will be used by radicals to turn things the other way around. Let us be more understanding.

“We Malaysians argue about petty stuff.”

He gave an assurance that police carry out their duties without fear or favour.

“The protection of race and religion is guaranteed under the constitution. I urge every party to be responsible in their actions, because irresponsible groups will turn the issue into a racial or religious matter.”

Hindraf legal adviser Karthig Shan, in a statement yesterday, urged the top cop to consider additional security for Waytha Moorthy.

He said terror suspects nabbed earlier this month had intentions to assassinate several high-profile personalities for allegedly failing to uphold Islam and insulting the religion.

Hindraf supporters are apprehensive, he said, pointing to an attack on Waytha Moorthy at his office on August 16, 2017.

He added that the minister in charge of national unity was singled out at the rally to oppose the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Waytha Moorthy was also blamed following the Seafield temple riots and subsequent death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, said Karthig.

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