KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic) has dismissed allegations that the police were unprofessional in investigating a viral tweet claiming there was Covid-19 vaccine queue jumping in Kelantan.
The Inspector-General of Police said he viewed such baseless criticisms seriously.
“Recording the statement of an individual who made the “queue jumping” allegation is in line with the standard operating procedure (SOP) in completing an investigation paper, which has been opened following a police report lodged by a Kelantan state government officer.
“The statement of the individual is vital in gathering more information to ascertain whether the allegation is true or otherwise.
“Contrary to recent criticism, this is not an act of intimidation on the individual,” he said when contacted on Friday (March 12).
The allegation made in the tweet is very serious as it involves the image of a state government institution, he added.
“It is fair that the police should investigate when there is a police report lodged by an aggrieved party over allegation of a criminal act.
“We have to uncover the truth…whether the alleged wrongdoing could have taken place or it might be a case of a misunderstanding,” Abdul Hamid said.
The country’s top cop said as the allegation in the tweet is of public interest, the police have to get clarification from the one who made the allegation.
“We have never and will never victimise whistleblowers.
“I always uphold the importance of protecting whistleblowers,” the IGP said.
Police recently called up Dr Rafidah Abdullah to record her statement over her tweet of queue jumping in the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.
As a result, various individuals on social media have criticised the move, claiming that the doctor was being victimised.