Malaysia's Home Ministry is studying the need to conduct a major reshuffling exercise in the police force, but denies there will be any done next month.
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement yesterday: "I deny the claims that there will be a massive shake-up involving the top leadership of PDRM next month as published in the mass media."
PDRM is the Malay abbreviation for the Royal Malaysia Police.
"However, in line with the good governance policy of Pakatan Harapan, I am looking at the need for a revamp in PDRM to be presented to the Prime Minister," he added
Tan Sri Muhyiddin said the new government will always ensure that every ministry, agency and government department functions responsibly, transparently and with integrity.
The Straits Times yesterday quoted sources as saying that several chiefs in Malaysia's police force are expected to be removed next month, including the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), as the government seeks to "cleanse" the organisation.
Three elite units that are believed to be graft-ridden are also expected to abolished, with a handful of department heads to be sacked, said the sources, who insisted on anonymity.
When asked who will be the first to be replaced, one of the sources said "No. 1", referring to the IGP. Police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun was appointed nine months ago to replace Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The sources did not say why Mr Fuzi would be replaced.
The three elite units expected to be scrapped are the Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism, Special Task Force on Organised Crime and Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group.
The Straits Times has also learnt that three names of potential IGP candidates have been forwarded to the government by Malaysia's police intelligence department, the Special Branch.
One of them is deputy police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim and another is Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, the source said.
The name of the third candidate could not be confirmed.