IPOH, June 19 2020: The police have not been pressured by any quarter to call up politicians for questioning, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador today.
Abdul Hamid also stressed that there was no intention to arrest or torture the politicians who were called to Bukit Aman of late.
He said the politicians were only called for their statements to be recorded upon which they would have the opportunity to explain their side of the story over reports that were lodged against them.
“The Bukit Aman third-class investigation unit, who have been given the responsibility to investigate special cases that involve politicians, previously reviewed several reports lodged by certain individuals throughout the country in relation to political issues.
“Therefore, several politicians were called to record their statement and this action was not done at the insistence of any group or political party,” said Abdul Hamid during a press conference at a police event here today.
He also pointed out that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had ordered the police not to take any action that could be deemed as suppressing the Opposition parties and politicians.
He said the police had followed the standard operating procedures (SOP) and law when carrying out their investigation and there is no issue of the government misusing the police power.
“We called them (politicians) to find out when they would be free to give a statement. We did not pressure them and I will not allow my officers to use violence when recording statements.
“And after recording the statement, if the police find out that there is an act of slander, meaning the politician is a victim, then we will take action against the ones who slandered them,” he said.
On Tuesday, DAP MP Hannah Yeoh said that she had been asked to appear in Bukit Aman for questioning over a social media post related to child marriage.
Yesterday, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman was also summoned there for questioning over an interview broadcasted on Al Jazeera back in March.