Musa Hassan has regarded the Home Ministry to be "interfering" with police work. His outburst may not be well received by his critics. It is seen as a desperate attempt to clear his tarnished record as the Inspector-General of Police.
In his rare outburst at his final Press conference on Monday, he had named the home ministry as one of the "third parties" causing excessive interference in the police force.
"All kinds of people interfere. People from the ministry itself, outsiders and people with vested interests who want to do things that are not right," he was reported to have said.
Ironically, he has advised his men not to become 'yes men' and yet this is exactly how he was perceived during his tenure as the chief of police. Musa's thumb print can be found in almost all political disputes between BN and Pakatan.
Remember the fiasco in the Perak state assembly? Remember the arrests made against peaceful protesters? Remember how Musa was so eager and determined to defend and protect his political masters?
Why should Musa be surprised about these interference? Why would the Home Minister appoints a near retiring police officer to the top post each time?
The whole idea is to put the chief of police under their thumb. This is a classic case of "I scratch your back, you scratch mine". Musa got his contract despite being over his retirement age and the government got a chief of police who is willing to get his men to do the dirty job.
It is crap for Musa to suggest that he was not aware of instructions given to his men. If this is true, he should have used the stick if his men had acted without his instruction. Did he do anything? No.
Musa is desperate to repair his image by pointing his finger at the Home Ministry. Predictably, he only voiced out his frustration and unhappiness after his contract was not renewed. If he gets another two years, Musa would have been more than happy to play along.
Too bad, Musa's allegations do not help to convince us that he was a chief cop in distress. He was a willing party to whatever abuses and poor decisions made by the police force.