It was a farce! Less than 36 hours after denying the resignation of IGP Musa Hassan, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at the Parliament today that the IGP will be replaced when his contract expires in September, and that there will also be changes to the police top brass (read Malaysian Insider).
Yes, the truth is Musa did not resign as reported by the China Press. The terminology 'resign' prompted the Ministry to issue a show cause letter to the newspaper, which also made Hisham so uptight.
I did blame the China Press for such a speculative story but I am of the standpoint that they shouldnt use the word 'resign'. Otherwise, they will be on the save side. I will be, too!
Here are some information I gathered today pertaining to the IGP and the 'resignation' issues.
First of all, it was Hisham who extended Musa's contract for another year in September 2009. At that time, Datuk Najib was already the Prime Minister. It has been a tradition that a new PM would want a new administrative team, which includes the police force.
What prompted Hisham to make such a sudden announcement today? Was he under pressure for extending Musa's contract as the Inspector-general of Police? Did he go against Najib's 'choice of IGP'? Or is there a possibility that Najib doesnt like Musa that much...?
Or maybe Najib has a plan for Musa... an ambassador, perhaps? Where to?
Hisham shouldnt have waited for the China Press to break the silent with its speculation. They could have gotten it from Bukit Aman or from the Home Ministry. We cannot discount the fact that 'secrets' like this can easily find its way to the Press. In this regard, I dont blame the China Press although they applied a wrong terminology.
Just wondering what's on Hisham's mind, actually...
Read also China Press given show cause letter, Utusan got the congrats letter.