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Friday, April 30, 2021

Indira’s meddling hindered progress, says IGP


Outgoing IGP Abdul Hamid Bador says he had appealed to M Indira Gandhi not to make any statements, but she didn’t keep her promise.

PETALING JAYA: Police could have made “huge progress” last year in the case of kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi if only she and other groups had not interfered, says Abdul Hamid Bador.

“I appealed to Indira. I told her to give me some time, not to meddle and not to make any statements, but she didn’t keep her promise,” said the outgoing inspector-general of police.

He added that statements issued by non-governmental organisations had also “frightened off” Indira’s former husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah and temporarily severed communications.

He reiterated that it would have been much easier to detain the man and reunite Indira with her daughter, Prasana Diksa, if they were in Malaysia.

“But he’s out of the country, that’s the problem. We can’t just kidnap him and bring him home. We must take a very diplomatic approach.

“However, I believe communications have not been totally severed, it’s just been tightened,” he said.

He maintained that he sympathised with Indira’s situation, saying he understood the agony of not being able to see her daughter for such a long time.

He added that he hoped his replacement as IGP would continue efforts to bring the girl back to Malaysia.

Indira’s daughter was taken away by her former husband, Riduan, before he converted to Islam in 2009. Prasana was just 11 months old at the time.

The courts had ordered Riduan to return Prasana to Indira but he has not been seen since. He and the child are believed to be out of the country.

Last year, Hamid was quoted as saying Bukit Aman was working towards achieving a “happy ending” for Indira by reuniting the mother with her long-lost daughter. - FMT

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