‘Third force’ claim demands PM’s intervention, says DAP

DAP wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to intervene and end the speculation surrounding the influence of a “third force” on the police force.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, who was flanked by fellow party colleagues Liew Chin Tong, Anthony Loke and Tony Pua, told reporters in Parliament today that he was not convinced with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin’s reply earlier during Question Time in dismissing the rumours.

“We are seeing for the first time in the history of this country, a crack at the highest level of leadership of national security between the Inspector-General of Police and the Home Minister.”

“I call upon the Prime Minister to intervene and to end this ugly public spat between the Home Minister and the IGP,” said Lim.

He claimed that the uncertainty of the autonomy of the police force proved that Najib was losing control of his own administration.

“The PM seems to be losing control of many parts of his own government. This so-called small rumour is by the IGP himself, and if the Home Minister cannot ask the IGP to clarify, there is surely something wrong between the Home Minister and the IGP,” said Lim.

The DAP also demanded that either the Home Minister or the IGP resign if the controversy continued.

Lim’s remarks come as a response to the Home Minister’s written reply to a question posed by DAP’s Loke during Question Time.

Hishammuddin had dismissed any truth regarding the presence of a “third force” influencing the police force.

“There is no problem between the IGP and me,” said the Home Minister.

He went on to state that even if there was a “third force”, it would not affect his relationship with IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

“If the relationship is not close, there is no way we can reduce crime or move the national key result area (NKRA) as we have planned,” said the Home Minister.

Musa had claimed in an interview in Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday that a “third force’”comprising “politicians or certain individuals” was influencing the police force.

Musa, whose contract expires in September, also had alleged there were some who wanted him out sooner than his retirement date.

The Malaysian Insider

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