Pejuang, Muda demand probe on Hamzah’s audio clip

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by TMR FILE

PARTI Pejuang Tanah Air is demanding for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to launch an investigation on the leaked audio clip between Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (picture) and an individual about the reshuffling in the police force.

Pejuang pro tem youth chief Dr Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin said the party did not agree with MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki, who said the issue was merely an internal matter of the police force.

Abu Hafiz said MACC should not simply drop the case, but instead start an initial investigation to determine the gist of the discussion in the audio clip.

He said while Azam Baki noted that the reshuffling of police posts is an internal matter governed by the Police Force Commission (SPP), there was no clarification on whom Hamzah was talking to in the recording, which could be outside of the SPP circle.

“So, I think what Azam Baki said was not completely right. The discussion in the audio clip happened beyond the formal discussion of the SPP,” Abu Hafiz said at a media conference Putrajaya yesterday.

Last month, an audio recording was leaked to the public discussing an internal reshuffle in the police force, which raised some governance issues within the organisation.

Former IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, who retired on Monday, blasted Hamzah for meddling with the movements of police officers, a claim which Hamzah later said he had the right to as the chairman of the SPP.

The minister also confirmed that it was indeed his voice in the leaked audio recording and insisted that he had not done anything wrong when talking about promotions and the change of roles in the force.

“But we also want to know that when the minister said the appointment of the ‘boy’ in the audio clip, is this based on merit or not? And when he said ‘good for us’, what did he really mean?

“These words carry some weight of crime and misuse of power, which clearly the MACC has the jurisdiction to investigate,” said Abu Hafiz.

“We also think that Hamzah should be sent on leave, or suspended, to allow the investigation to be held independently and transparently.”

Meanwhile, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), another party yet to receive registration approval, is calling for the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate ethical breaches and misuse of power by Hamzah.

In a statement yesterday, Muda information chief Zaidel Baharuddin said the RCI should look into any form of interference by Hamzah in his tenure as home minister, not only within the Royal Malaysian Police.

This includes allegation of the minister’s involvement in the stands and decisions made in the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and the Immigration Department.

“This is important as there are clear indications, including affidavits, that points to misuse of power by the home minister, who uses these agencies for his political benefit.

“From the RoS’ unexplained delay and absurd rejection of the formation of Opposition parties to ethical issues surrounding travel authorisation of political allies during the pandemic, (these) are enough to call for a detailed investigation,” said Zaidel, referring to the RoS’ pending approval of Muda and Pejuang as formal parties.

“Muda thinks the formation of an RCI would be the pragmatic solution to instil public confidence in our institution, while balancing the need to protect the precious lives of fellow MPs, which seems to be the utmost priority of the current government,” Zaidel added.