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19 August 2018

PM upset over efforts to malign police force's reputation

PM upset over efforts to malign police force's reputation
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has expressed disappointment over claims made by certain quarters meant to tarnish the police force’s reputation.



Speaking during the 211th national Police Day celebration at Pulapol here, Najib said: "I was upset by claims that the police (function) as the government’s 'pak turut' (yes men) and 'makan gaji buta’ (get paid without doing work); and (are responsible for the) increase in the crime rate.
"All these claims are totally baseless.

"For 221 years, the police have devoted their lives to defend (Malaysia’s) sovereignty and national security," he said.

Without naming anyone, Najib also criticised a former leader for claiming that police were behind the sacking of a deputy prime minister in 1998.

"Recently, a 93-year-old former leader claimed that the police were involved in the sacking of a deputy prime minister, back in 1998.



"However, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor has refuted the claim," he said.
The prime minister then quoted Rahim, who said that: "I do not know what (the former leader) said, and I cannot fathom his thinking.

"Based on the law, the police have no power to sack (the deputy prime minister).

"To appoint and sack (a minister) is not like plucking a coconut. The decision was made by the-then prime minister."

Present at the event were Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor; Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis; Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun; Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim; and former IGP Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar.


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