Recently Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had come under media scrutiny over his alleged luxurious work trip to Istanbul, Turkey.
According to Sarawak Report, the IGP and at least 16 high ranking officers went on a work trip to Turkey with an estimate of RM312,441 that could have been spent on just business class flights and hotels for the group.
DAP’s Lim Lip Eng today urged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to come clean and clear the air as this is presumably paid for by taxpayers.
“The federal police cannot continue to play mute to this news of public interest. Imagine what sort of brickbats would have hit our Cabinet ministers if one of them brings 16 staff for such tour, especially when our national debt is massive.
“Fuzi must explain if there was any abuse of power, especially since he himself is slated to retire in May and there is no benefit for him to go on the study tour to combat gambling,” Lim said in a statement today.
The reason for the work visit was apparently to study methods of tackling the gambling problem in Malaysia.
“With the country’s coffers already being plundered by the former regime, we cannot afford to have our IGP bringing his troupe on a spending spree especially when they could just “walk across” the causeway to Singapore, which boasts of having the world’s second-lowest crime rate after Japan.
“Efforts must be made to study the methods used by Singapore to combat all vices, not just gambling. Singapore’s crime rate is so low that many of its shops do not even have to be locked up like in Malaysia,” he said.
The DAP politician also question Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun instead of going to Turkey, he should bring two of three of his trusted aides to the country where Jho Low is believed to be hiding.
A return business class flight leaving on the same days the subsequent week would cost RM6154 on the way out and RM8800 for the return – a total of RM14,954 per officer according to Sarawak Report.
The IGP and his officers stayed in Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel which a room would cost RM685 a night according to Booking.com