IGP Claims His Daughter's Firearms Business Is "Not A Conflict Of Interest"
"If the IGP's daughter doesn't supply firearms to the gov’t, then who is she selling to?"
Two days ago, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar clarified that there is no conflict of interest between him and his daughter's firearms business.
Yesterday night, PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya raised a question about the IGP's daughter's business in regards to firearms supply to the government.
"As far as I know, it's not the IGP's daughter supplying (the firearms). Because the IGP said the other day, even though his daughter has the licence to sell firearms, she doesn't have a contract with the government," Latheefa was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
"His daughter sells quite sophisticated firearms and the question I want to ask is, if you don't supply the government or enforcement officers or the military, as the IGP said, who are you selling to?" she added.
She said this when responding to a question from the audience about the need for police officers to have firearms during a forum in Kuala Lumpur held last night in remembrance of slain teenager Aminulrasyid Amzah six years ago.
Meanwhile, the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe the IGP on this matter
Following the reports about the IGP’s daughter owning a firearms company, C4 has expressed its concerns over the possible conflict of interest.
"One cannot help but question the blurring of professional boundaries between the father’s public responsibility and his daughter’s personal gain," C4 said in a statement.
C4 Executive Director Cynthia Gabriel added in the statement that the authorities concerned, in particular the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), should immediately initiate investigations in order to determine whether there was any "wrongdoing and abuse of power for personal gain".
The NGO also asked Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to explain why he never chose to declare these details.
"By not doing so, there’s an evident impression of abuse of power that will lend to a further plunge in public trust."
26 April: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, has said that there is no conflict of interest between him and his daughter's firearms business
He has clarified that a firearms company belonging to his daughter obtained its business licence even before he helmed the police force.
He also revealed that he had barred his daughter from bidding for tenders linked to the government or police.
"I also forbade them to bid for government and police tenders, so they did not get any tenders to supply weapons from the government or the police," Khalid told reporters in Bangi yesterday, 25 April.
“So I don’t think there is any special treatment or conflict of interest,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
Last week, whistleblower site Sarawak Report had reported that the IGP's second daughter was linked to a firearms company named Nilai Arms & Ammunitions (NAA)
It was revealed that Khalid's second daughter, Juwiza Khalid, 32, is the biggest shareholder in Nilai Arms & Ammunitions.
Sarawak Report also said that Khalid’s brother-in-law Mohd Isa Husin, 59, is the other shareholder in the company.
NAA, a company is based in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, was set up in 2012, before Khalid was appointed as the nation's top cop.
Khalid has also responded to allegations of nepotism against him, refuting claims that his family is benefiting from his position
There is no such thing as them obtaining government tenders. If the claim was true, it would have surely been published by Sarawak Report now," he said.
Khalid however declined further comments saying the matter will be investigated as soon as possible.
"Let the investigations go on and if there is any wrongdoings, action will be taken," said Khalid.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIGP) Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that everyone has the right to run businesses as long as rules are followed
"Anyone in this country has the equal opportunity to run any businesses that is legal. What’s important is in any business being run, or any job, it must follow the laws," Noor Rashid was quoted as saying by Malay Mail Online.
He was commenting on the report that Khalid's daughter is running a firearms business.
He also said the police would look into what was published by Sarawak Report in further detail to see if there are any issues before opening up an investigation on the matter.