Defence Ministry probing trio for moonlighting as Hishammuddin's escorts

NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Defence Ministry has been directed to investigate claims that three military special forces personnel were still working as escorts for former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. Defence Minister Mohammad Sabu said he had directed for an investigation into the matter after learning about it from a newsportal report. He said appropriate action would be taken against the trio if they were found to have breached existing regulations. "I have ordered an immediate investigation to be carried out, and appropriate action will be taken if there is any breach of any current practices or regulations," he said in a statement. Earlier today, Malaysiakini reported that two Navy special operations force (Paskal) officers and a commando were still working as escorts for Hishammuddin. The newsportal reported that the two Paskal officers are still on active duty, while details on the commando were scant. However, sources quoted by the portal said he had been photographed with Hishammuddin this week. The Armed Forces source claimed the trio were pulling in two salaries, both from Hishammuddin and the military. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd