10 November 2018
11 June 2017
Operation Gopi – Connections Point Right To The Top MAJOR EXCLUSIVE
Mid-May officers from the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) started rounding up several figures in Malacca relating to an extraordinary police ‘protection’ racket against illegal gambling dens and ‘massage parlours’.
Senior police officers have numbered amongst those picked up along with figures described as ‘intermediaries’, who were allegedly controlling the operation on behalf of even more senior police officials at Bukit Aman, according to reports that found their way to the media.
The investigation, went under the name of Operation Gopi and large sums of cash have been discovered in the possession of a number of the detainees, including a staggering RM800,000 tucked away in the police quarters of one officer.
It has been further reported that the state officers concerned were effectively saying they had been pressured by the intermediaries who had senior contacts at police HQ (Bukit Aman) to do the collections of cash in order to keep their jobs. If they failed to cooperate, they told interviewers, they would be removed and indeed several have been removed for refusing to do so, say sources.
‘Gopi'(circled) was among those arrested and taken to court
Sarawak Report has learnt from reliable sources that the key intermediary concerned was one Gopinathan Krishnan, known as Gopi. Hence the name Operation (Ops) Gopi.
Under questioning Gopi has admitted everything to his interrogators, corroborating the information that has already appeared in the newspapers about high up police in Bukit Aman using him as an intermediary to manage the collection of the payments from illegal operations in Malacca.
It appears the protection racket was by no means restricted to Malacca, however, but is part of a multi-million ringgit collection scam operating right across Malaysia that has developed over the past few years.
The allegation is that it is being run from the very top of the police force and there is now considerable push-back under way, with allegations that the MACC have been ‘victimising’ and ‘targeting’ police officers and that the investigation ought to be brought to a close or taken over by the police themselves.
Given this state of affairs, it is material and ought to be known that Gopi allegedly listed in his phone book a number of very senior officers indeed (and people connected with them) whom he regularly rang. Under the circumstances it must be explained why he was in reguarly in contact with these senior officers.
After all, this protection racket has been admitted to by the arrested officers, the intermediaries and even some of the illegal operators who have spoken to reporters and have now closed their shops in Malacca.
So, these unfortunate connections simply cannot be ignored and in any normal situation all those very senior officers who had been contacted by Gopi would take a leave of absence while the matter was being investigated.
Thanks to phone billing information dated in April this year Sarawak Report is able to identify one of these senior figures linked to the Bukit Aman hierachy.
We refer to none other than the brother in law of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar, who runs an arms selling business together with Khalid’s daughter. His name is Mohd Isa bin Hussin and he is the village chief of Gebok, Mantin, Negeri Sembilan.
According to data seen by Sarawak Report Gopi rang the IGP’s brother in law 7 times during the month of April. Given that he is now under arrest for allegedly acting as the lynch pin in a police protection racket managed at the highest levels within the police force, Khalid and Isa bin Hussin clearly ought to explain the reason for those calls.
The communications appear to have continued in April…
So, let’s hear the explanation as to why this alleged full-time police protection racketeer was talking to the brother in law of the IGP, with whom we know he was in direct business through Nilai Arms?
The IGP should further make clear if there have been any other contacts between Gopi and people close to him either personally or professionally and whether or not he was also in Gopi’s phone book.
If there were such contacts he should, of course, recuse himself from going anywhere near any of the investigations and step aside from his position whilst they are underway.
Extending Khalid’s period of office beyond the statutory retirement age, which he reaches this year, is plainly even less acceptable under the circumstances, although this is Najib’s present intention.
Perhaps the Prime Minister is starting to regret having set the MACC onto a full-scale corruption probe into any topics – with the exception of 1MDB.
16 October 2018
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12 June 2018
Hampir setahun sudah berlalu tetapi Pengarah Narkotik
@PDRMsia Mohamad Salleh masih diam seribu bahasa mengenai hubungan antara dia dan Gopi. Kenapa? @SPRMMalaysia @Fuzi_Harun @NajibRazak @Zahid_Hamidi
24 December 2017
30 August 2017
Putrajaya denies MACC called off Ops Gopi
Putrajaya has denied that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) closed down an Ops Gopi involving two district police chiefs.
“The accusation that (MACC) did not take any action is not true, and MACC has not called off the case,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low.
Low, in charge of policies realted to governance, integrity and human rights, said the case involved two district police chiefs and a few other officers.
In response to a question in Parliament from Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) on the status of the 12 police officers arrested under Ops Gopi, Low he said that the probe is still in progress.
It was reported that police chiefs from the districts of Jasin and Melaka Tengah were detained last May as part of the sting.
19 June 2017
IGP shouldn’t be seen consorting with unsavoury characters
YOURSAY | ‘He should have known better than to be associated with people of dubious character.’
Slumdog: Try as hard as you like, Mr IGP, but you cannot deflect or try and wriggle out of the fact that you and other police officers are alleged to be in cahoots with K Gopinathan (the main suspect detained in connection with a police protection racket in Malacca).
The fact that Gopi has direct access to you is damning in itself. Just because MyWatch chairperson R Sri Sanjeevan, who is outspoken against the police and you, was an acquaintance, cannot justify your association with Gopi.
Are you trying to say that if it is okay to be friends with Sanjeevan, then it is okay to be friends with Gopi?
It should be standard practice that someone in your position has nothing to do with unsavoury characters so that you can distance yourself from accusations of conflict of interest.
Victor Johan: Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar, you were asked a direct question and you were expected to answer it specifically.
We know from his arrest that Gopinathan is on a police protection racket, and you are the police chief. We also know that you as IGP had directed the police to intimidate Sanjeevan.
The Kajang Magistrate Court had already acquitted him, and we all know that Sanjeevan had already pleaded not guilty to other various criminal defamation charges brought on by your department.
So Khalid, step aside gracefully so the investigations by the authorities can be done with none of your personal interventions. When are you taking leave?
Wira: From the flow of events, many Malaysians understand that after Sanjeevan drew the irritation of some big shots, he was investigated (harassed?) and charged.
Compare this so-called “crime” to that of suspect Gopinathan, who is an alleged intermediary of a police protection racket.
Suspicion may not be tantamount to guilt but we see the linking of Sanjeevan to Gopi as a feeble attempt to stretch the limit of our imagination.
Anonymous 2436471476414726: Khalid should have known better than to be associated with people of dubious character. Not unless, of course, it is a case of birds of a feather flock together.
IGP, surely you are aware that when you hold important position in society, a position of trust, you must not only be clean but must be seen to be clean. If you have any honour, you would relinquish your post immediately.
Unusually: I am surprised that our honourable IGP so easily exchange hand phone numbers with someone he just met at a dinner function. He must be awfully busy having to answer so many calls from all sorts of people.
Just wondering, will he also give me his mobile phone number so that I can call him from time to time, too?
Truth1: Yes, a truly lame answer from the IGP. Nobody asked him about Sanjeevan. The question mark lies in his links with Gopinathan.
Two different, totally separate, issues. Enough with the pathetic, amateurish tai chi.
18 June 2017
Arrest ‘criminal’ friends, PKR leader tells IGP
PKR has urged authorities to bring those behind a Malacca protection racket to justice without any fear nor favour.
“I urge the authorities to conduct a transparent investigation without any fear nor favour on all criminals, regardless of their status or position,” said PKR information chief Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh in a statement today.
“Ensure that they who have committed any illegal activities would not escape punishment.
“Khalid’s admission that those who knew him and his family and had committed any crime would not escape punishment should be realised through action,” he added.
The whistleblower site Sarawak Report previously claimed that Gopinathan had been in direct telephone contact with Khalid.
It claimed that Gopinathan had played a key role in running a police protection racket across gambling dens and prostitution houses in Malacca, and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had arrested as many as 12 suspects – mostly police officers – in relation to the case last month.
“My officers will not be in cahoots with those who are involved in activities that are against the law,” he said.
“In this case, this Gopi, if he has done something illegal… My officers and I will fully co-operate with the MACC in this investigation,” Khalid told a press conference on June 14 when asked about the allegations.
16 June 2017
Any questions on the relationship between top cops with suspected racketeering mastermind Gopinathan Krishnan, should be asked by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and not Sarawak Report, said inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.
“Let the MACC investigate. If there are any questions, let the MACC ask. What has been said about myself or my officers with Gopi (Gopinathan), let the MACC investigate it.
“Why are they (Sarawak Report) being nosy?” Khalid said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
He said this when asked about Sarawak Report‘s latest allegations, which said that several top police officers in Bukit Aman, Perak and Sarawak were linked to Gopinathan.
15 June 2017
More top cops on Gopi’s phone list!
As PM Tells MACC To ‘Back Off’, We Throw More Light On Gopi’s Network Of Top Cops – EXCLUSIVE
The Inspector General of Police yesterday conceded Sarawak Report was correct in pin-pointing his ‘family friendship’ with the big-time protection racket suspect Gopinathan Krishnan (‘Gopi’), arrested last month in an MACC swoop named “Ops Gopi’.
We identified from billing information that the alleged gangster had been in regular contact with IGP Khalid Abu Baker himself, as well as his son and brother in law during the weeks prior to his arrest.
However, Khalid considers himself to be under no obligation to elaborate on the relationship, berrating reporters at yesterday’s press conference:
“Why do you want to ask to that extent? Now you want to ask how close we are, whether we hold hands, whether we kiss? Be reasonable”
Yet, the same evidence obtained by Sarawak Report shows that not only the IGP but a whole network of his closest senior officers were also in regular phone contact with the same Mr Gopi prior to his arrest.
14 June 2017
IGP: Sanjeevan used to call me as well, until…
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar pointed out that Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairperson R Sri Sanjeevan was his acquaintance as well at one point.
“It was the same with Sanjeevan. He was also known to me, he used to call me.
“But after knowing of his (alleged) illegal activities, we took action against him. He is now antagonistic towards me, and makes all sorts of allegations,” he told Malaysiakini.
@KBAB51 admits alleged top suspect in Malacca protection racket ‘known’ to him
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has admitted that the suspect alleged to be the main intermediary in a police protection racket in Malacca is “known” to him.
Khalid was responding to claims made by whistleblower site Sarawak Report that the suspect, Gopinathan Krishnan, was in direct telephone contact with him.
“Yes, he is known to me and he is also known to my family,” he said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
When asked further whether Gopinathan was a family friend, Khalid pointed out that he had already admitted that the man was known to his family.
“Why do you want to ask to that extent? Now you want to ask how close we are, whether we hold hands, whether we kiss? Be reasonable,” the top cop said.
As many as 12 suspects, most of them police officers, were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in a swoop last month codenamed Ops Gopi.
Sarawak Report claimed that Gopinathan played a pivotal role in managing the police protection racket across gambling dens and prostitution houses in Malacca.
Khalid in the press conference today, however, stressed that those known to him and his family will have to “answer for it” if they are found to have been involved in illegal activities.
“In this case, this Gopi, if he has done something illegal…My officers and I will fully co-operate with the MACC in this investigation,” he said.
12 June 2017
Top Suspect In Police Protection Racket Was In Direct Phone Contact With The IGP! | http://www.sarawakreport.org/2017/06/top-suspect-in-police-protection-racket-was-in-direct-phone-contact-with-the-igp/ … via
Documents obtained from sources close to the investigation indicate that Gopinathan Krishnan, the top suspect arrested last month as the key ‘intermediary’ in a major police protection racket across gambling dens and protitution houses in Malacca, was in direct telephone contact with none other than the Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Baker.
The round-up of 12 suspects, many of them police officers, was termed Operation Gopi by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) owing to Gopinathan’s alleged pivotal role managing the racket on behalf of big-wigs at Bukit Aman.
We have already earlier identified several calls made by Gopi in April to the known number of Khalid Abu Baker’s brother in law, Mohd Isa bin Hussin.
Sarawak Report had already exposed the IGP’s business links with Isa bin Hussin, who is selling guns (Khalid’s daugher has the majority share of Nilai Arms, which is run by Khalid’s sister’s husband, Isa bin Hussin).
According to sources, another number dialled by Gopi, 60196000182, is known to be the official personal number of the Ketua Polis Negara i.e. Khalid himself and Sarawak Report has established from billing information that ‘Gopi’ phoned him at twenty three minutes past eight in the morning on February 4th and that the two men chatted for three minutes.
Gopi is understood to have fully confessed to his role in gathering cash off Malacca police officers, who were in turn allegedly collecting it from the illegal operations in the state. Millions were being raised, informants say, and the network is believed to extend far beyond Malacca itself.
It could, of course, be that the case has merely thrown up an unfortunate coincidence and that it just so happens that the allegedly crooked Gopi is a family friend of the IGP’s, dragging him into this unhappy proximity to one of the biggest scandals to hit the Royal Malaysian Police Force in several years.
After all, it is not just Khalid and his brother in law who have featured in Gopi’s recent phone calls, but Khalid’s son as well. Indeed, 26 year old Khairul Amri Bin Khalid appears to have been even more frequently in touch with Gopi than his dad and uncle put together over recent weeks and months.
It may be that Gopi is a family contact who, for instance, has abused his connections. In which case, such matters ought to be explained as a matter of urgency. Certainly, any action to close down the Malacca vice squad investigation or to make reprisals against MACC officers, trying to perform the task set them by the Prime Minister to expose corruption, would not be an acceptable response.
Unsurprisingly, there are also growing questions over a recent announcement by the IGP that he plans to sack a large number of his senior narcotics team at Bukit Aman, supposedly as part of his own ‘clean up operation’. Many insiders are calling it a diversionary tactic.
Malaysians are likely to be more reassured if he clears up this matter relating to himself first, before purging his police force of other senior officers.