KL's new top cop to focus on welfare of officers, tackling graft

Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador was last month appointed Malaysia's Inspector General of Police. He rejoined the police force in May last year, just weeks after Pakatan Harapan won power.
Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador was last month appointed Malaysia's Inspector General of Police. He rejoined the police force in May last year, just weeks after Pakatan Harapan won power. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK
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Drop the probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and live a "luxurious life" instead - this was a leading politician's offer to a lead investigator for the Malaysian police's Special Branch.

But the investigator, Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, turned down the offer. This was in 2015 when the movements of some US$700 million (S$948 million) in 1MDB funds triggered international attention.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline KL's new top cop to focus on welfare of officers, tackling graft. Subscribe