Military trio who served Hishammuddin ordered back to Mindef, says Mat Sabu

Kenneth Tee


Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu speaks during the launch of the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals counter-terrorism symposium in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu confirmed today that three Armed Forces (ATM) officers who were still serving his predecessor Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein until very recently have been ordered to report back to headquarters for duty.

“Yes they have been given orders to report back to ATM,” he told reporters after launching the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals counter-terrorism symposium at the InterContinental Hotel here.

The minister — better known as Mat Sabu — said the outcome of the investigation into the trio’s service will be decided as soon as possible.

Yesterday, Mohamad instructed his ministry to conduct an immediate investigation following news reports that two Navy special operations force officers and a military commando were still serving as escorts to Hishammuddin following Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the May 9 general election.

The three officers were reportedly drawing salaries from ATM and from Hishammuddin.

Mohamad said action would be taken if they were found to have violated existing rules.

Hishammuddin responded on Twitter, saying he and his family had close ties with the three officers, and that they were only serving him “temporarily” after the elections.

He also welcomed the investigation to determine if there was any wrongdoing involved.

The former minister also tweeted that he had also offered them employment, but clarified that they must resign from the armed forces with immediate effect if they accepted the offer.

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