No wonder I dont see him hosting the popular '999' segment anymore. TV3 'bold and bald' personality Mazidul Akmal Sidik is out of 999, the program that shot him to fame.
He is now (if I am not mistaken) on ghost-hunting job.
I know its the prerogative rights of his employer to mobilise him. He is a versatile journalist anyway. But the 'reasons' for his reclassification of duty - from info I gathered - were quite unbecoming.
Some quarters believe he was framed by the 'higher authority' in the police force over a recent 'money-distorting' allegation. However, I dont believe Mazidul will shit where he eats.
Mazidul was a 'brand' for 999 to the extent that wherever he goes and sits for a cup of coffee, those involved in illegal activities would shiver. Pirated CD dealers, for instance, will leave immediately upon spotting him nearby. Computer-gaming outlets will have to close for a while until he leaves as they suspected him of bringing the police.
That's how influential Mazidul is. Even after he is out of 999, his public appearance spells trouble for those who break the law.
However, rumors that some police personnel have found it difficult to 'earn the extras' with Mazidul around, are quite serious although 'sidekicks' are becoming too common nowadays. I have some senior friends in Bukit Aman and the Home Ministry who confirmed that the law sometimes keep its distance from pimps, ah longs and gaming dens for some protections given by the authority.
Not only the police, some personnel of the enforcement units from the local councils, religious departments and related authorities too are on the take. However, the MACC finds it always difficult to investigate such cases due to lack of evidence and public's cooperation.
As an example, how many and for how long have the gaming outlets in Wisma Central in Ampang come under 'certain protection' as no action was ever taken against them. Or the authority just doesnt know about it.
And look around us in Ampang, Cheras, Kajang, Puchong and elsewhere in the Klang Valley - the number of gaming outlet is mushrooming. Of course, there had been some actions when the authority stormed some of it, took away the computers (the old ones) and imposed fines on the owners but a day later - in some cases a few hours later - they are back in business.
Despite the authorities encouraging the public to cooperate, they also found troublemakers like Mazidul causing them a lot of damage and 'losses'. So, people like him should be axed!