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KUALA LUMPUR, 16 June 2017:
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today said he is due for mandatory retirement in September.
“Yes, I am going on mandatory retirement in September. I will turn 60,” he said to reporters after the handing over of duties of the director of the Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department here.
At the function, the director – DCP Datuk Mahamad Akhir Darus, who retires on June 18 after serving the force since 1976 – handed over duties to Brickfields Police chief SAC Sharul Othman Mansor.
Khalid had joined the force as an inspector at the Police Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur on 5 Dec 1976. He assumed the post of Inspector-General of Police on 17 May 2013.
Asked to comment onSarawak Report news portal allegedly linking him and several other senior police officers to one Gopinathan Krishnan or Gopi – the suspected go-between in the protection money racket in Malacca – Khalid reiterated the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should be allowed to investigate the matter and that the police would not interfere.
“Sarawak Report is deliberately trying to malign me and my organisation. We already know that the MACC is investigating. Let it investigate. If anyone has committed an offence, regardless of whether it is the police officers or Gopi, action will be taken.
“It is not necessary for Sarawak Report to interfere. Let the MACC conduct its investigation. We will wait for its report.”
Separately, he said police have arrested four men – three of them Indonesians – for their alleged involvement in the Daesh militant group.
He said three of them were arrested in Sandakan, Sabah, yesterday – including the two Indonesians who allegedly wanted to join the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi, the Philippines, between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated to Daesh.
The third Indonesian was detained in Slim River, Perak, and he allegedly planned to attack policemen.
Khalid said all the suspects, aged between 30 and 48, were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) and the Penal Code.
He also said that the police seized several Daesh-related documents and a number of weapons including a Rambo knife that was recovered in Sandakan.