Meeting with Hishammuddin on the need for a new IGP to fulfill Najib’s pledge of “People First. Performance Now” and provide new police leadership and culture to reverse the tide of crime in the past five years

I propose to meet the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on the need for the country to have a new Inspector-General of Police to fulfill Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s pledge of “People First. Performance Now” and to provide new police leadership and culture to reverse the tide of crime in the past five years.

I will seek confirmation that Hishamuddin is backing Tan Sri Musa Hassan’s renewal for another term as Inspector-General of Police although he failed on all counts in his three years as IGP (one year as IGP and two years as renewal of his term) on what the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission have outlined as the three core functions of an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service – to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and protect human rights.

Musa is now talking about the police giving priority to stamp out street crimes, when this is one of his greatest failures as IGP in the past three years.

I don’t think Musa himself can remember the number of times he had declared an “all-out war against crime” in the past three years which have all ended up in “all thunder but no rain”!

If an IGP with such dismal KPIs on the core functions of the police service could have his term renewed a second time, all the talk of Prime Minister Najib of “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” would be totally discredited.

Dare Musa make public his report card of what he had achieved in his three years as IGP in the three core police functions outlined by the Police Royal Commission?

Is Hishammuddin seriously suggesting that none of the other nine top police officers occupying key police positions below the post of IGP are not qualified or competent enough to become the new IGP to provide a new police leadership and culture to roll back the tide of crime in the past five years?

According to the police website, these nine top police officers are:

  • Tan Sri Ismail bin Hj. Omar (Deputy Inspektor General, Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara)
  • CP Dato’ Zul Hasnan Najib bin Baharudin (Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Narkotik)
  • CP Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri bin Zinin (Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah)
  • CP Dato’ Abdul Razak bin Bokhari (Pengarah Jabatan Pengurusan)
  • CP Datuk Seri Ramli bin Shaari (Pengarah Cawangan Khas)
  • CP Dato’ Hussin bin Hj. Ismail (Pengarah Jabatan KDN/KA)
  • CP Dato’ Koh Hong Sun (Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersil)
  • CP Dato’ Mashuri bin Zainal (Pengarah Jabatan Logistik)
  • CP Dato’ Mohamad Fuzi bin Harun [Pengarah Pasukan Petugas Khas (Operasi/Counter Terrorism)]

In this connection, why has the government resorted to the unsatisfactory practice of invariably appointing a new Inspector-General of Police from officers who have only one or two years of service left, and even with extension are only likely to become time-servers rather than visionary leaders without the time frame to carry out any long-term planning and implementation of police reforms?

Do away with any extension for IGPs. Instead, appoint an IGP who would have longer span of service to carry out long-term planning and implementation of police reforms.

The country’s most famous IGP was Tun Hanif Omar who was appointed IGP at the age of 35 in June 1974 and went on to serve with distinction for two decades until his retirement in January 1994. May be 20 years is too long for anyone to become an IGP, but one year or two years are downright ridiculous!

I have been baffled by reports that the Police Force Commission, which is constitutionally responsible for the appointment and emplacement of members of the police force, has backed a second extension of the service of Musa as the country’s IGP in September.

I have three questions:

  • When did the Police Force Commission meet and endorsed Musa’s extension as IGP?
  • What were the reasons for the Police Force Commission’s decision to back Musa’s extension as IGP, are they in line with the “People First. Performance Now” motto of the Prime Minister, could these reasons be made public and can they withstand public scrutiny?
  • How can the Police Force Commission recommend the extension of Musa’s service as IGP when Musa is himself a member of the Commission?

  1. #1 by Thor on Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 12:49 pm

    If you gonna meet “Hisap Putin”, please bring along some pacifiers!
    Just make sure that he listen to you and not you listen to him!

  2. #2 by Loh on Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Whether the Police Force Commission ever considerd the qualification of the nine top subordinates of the IGP to determine if any of them is capable to taking up the post of IGP if an vacancy exist? If none of them is qualified, would the current IGP be further extended until some or all of the nine are replaced, so that a person qualified to be promted appears. If even one of them is qualified, why did the Commission choose to retain Musa after he had been extended for a year, and he has clearly failed to carry out a succession plan?

    If the Police Force Commission did not consider the qualification of the nine potential sucessors to the IGP, why not?

  3. #3 by johnnypok on Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 2:23 pm

    I propose to offer the post to BK Tan

  4. #4 by k1980 on Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Musa Hassan is still needed as igp because he can be trusted to give Anwar a nice, new black eye once he is convicted at his second trial.

  5. #5 by newchief on Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 3:46 pm

    in bn’s book , musa hassan has done a very good so why not extend his contract.

    of course in the eyse of the oppositions and some rakyat , arressment of candle-light and men in black, involvemnet of power grab in perak, surprise arrest of anwar when he’s on the way (the list goes on), igp has acted beyond his duty.

    if i have an igp like musa who is so faithful , i shall treasure and give him a contract FOR LIFE.

    i’m sure dtk lim also will bark to terminate the macc head because things are not in oppositions favor. a suggestion for dtk lim is, JOIN BN and all things will go down well !!! e.g. going overseas like to taiwan or disneyland in rakyat’s expense and owning bigger mansion than khir toyo. won’t life be better like that??? think about it especially while you are living in malaysia.

  6. #6 by Richardqed on Thursday, 16 July 2009 - 5:46 pm

    Musa’s definition of “all out war against crime” means carrying mattresses around hoping to frame innocent parties, and any other activity to help his bosses in Umno.

  7. #7 by Keewildoo on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 6:02 am

    Ask Umno Maran division committee member Halimi Kamaruzzaman Halimi Kamaruzzaman for his testimony on MACC investigations/interrogations. What about other unsolved custodial deaths such as A Kugan, Francis Udayappan and Prabhakar ?

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