Anyone in Malaysia has an equal opportunity to run a business as long as it is in accordance and within the boundary of the country’s law and regulations.
This was Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim’s response to a Sarawak Report article yesterday which linked an arms-selling company to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Noor Rashid was met after he officiated the graduation ceremony of the Inspector cadet basic course series 3/2015 at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol).
The article claimed that Khalid’s second daughter Juwiza Khalid, 32, and his brother-in-law Mohd Isa Husin, 59, are the owners of Nilai Arms & Ammunitions (NAA), with Juwiza being the biggest shareholder.
“What’s more important,” Noor Rashid said, “is that any job or business must be according to the law. Anyone’s children have a right and fair opportunity, and they too must adhere to the law.”
Asked whether police will investigate Sarawak Report on the article, Noor Rashid said police will go over the content of the article before deciding on the next course of action.
Terrifyingly, it seems that Malaysia’s most senior cops don’t understand the difference between right and wrong.
In particular, the concepts of ‘abuse of a position of public trust’ and ‘conflict of interest’ appear to be outside of their mental capacity.
The IGP has a trusted role, in that only he can sign off a fire arms permit, which he is paid to do only in the public interest. However, he has set up a company, which stands to profit every time he signs a permit. A ten year old would understand the conflict and abuse of trust involved.
Which is why, one assumes, he has hidden this enterprise under his daughter’s name. No one seriously believes that the IGP’s 20 something year old daughter invested in a major arms and ammunition business. If indeed she had, a dutiful policeman Dad would have explained the problem to her in the context of his job (and queried where she had found the money).
Nevertheless, it seems this IGP is content to hide behind his own daughter’s skirts in this affair and threaten to ‘investigate’ Sarawak Report to boot!
So, not a gentleman either, plainly.