KOTA KINABALU, May 4 – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today confirmed that the traffic police escort for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been withdrawn and it was because the former prime minister had violated laws while using the service.
“Tun Mahathir had used the escort when he attended a Bersih illegal rally, a gathering protesting the Goods and Services Tax and going around collecting signatures for a declaration. I withdrew the traffic police escort for Tun Mahathir … it was my personal decision as the IGP. What’s the use of providing traffic police escort to an individual who violates the laws and the constitution?” he said.
“We cannot support any action that violates the country’s laws. I hope Tun M understands the position of the Royal Malaysia Police which upholds the Rukun Negara. How can we support someone who violates the law?” he told reporters after presenting the Pingat Kedaulatan Negara (PKN) awards here, adding that Tun Mahathir could apply for the traffic police escort service if he wanted to attend any official function.