Malaysia Home Minister denies police shake-up next month, but studying need for revamp

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the new government will always ensure that every ministry, agency and government department functions responsibly, transparently and with integrity.
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the new government will always ensure that every ministry, agency and government department functions responsibly, transparently and with integrity.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Home Ministry is studying the need to conduct a major reshuffling exercise in the police force, but denies there would be any shake-up next month.

"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," Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement on Tuesday (June 12), using the Malay acronym 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 on Tuesday 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 be abolished, with a handful of department heads sacked, the sources who insisted on anonymity said.

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.