"All for Musa's extension as IGP". The headline used by the Malay Mail today [click here to read] is misleading, I must admit. Not all are for Musa's extension. Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang had asked the PM not to extend the IGP's tenure. Even P. Uthayakumar, the former Hindraf leader who has formed his own small party, had written to the Home Minister asking him to get a new IGP.
Anwar and Musa crossed paths back in 1998 when the de facto Pakatan Rakyat leader was the powerful deputy to Dr Mahathir. [Read Kenapa Anwar Benci Musa by The Unspinners here and another one on why Anwar feared Musa here]. Uthayakumar probably still blames Musa for his failed attempt to seek asylum in the UK six years ago. As for Kit Siang, just read his posting here to feel his hatred for Musa even as he accused the IGP of a personal vendetta against Opposition leaders, in particular Anwar and him.
Musa was made IGP on Sept 12, 2006. He shot to fame, of course, as the IO in Anwar's Sodomy Part 1 case. He was the deputy director of prosecution at Bukit Aman then. I first met him when he was Johor CPO, when he stamped his no-nonsense trademark. Under his watch, the Federal CID sent Datuk Tee Yam, the godfather of the underworld popularly known as Pai Kah Lek or Ah Lek, to Simpang Rengam. In June 2004, he ordered half the policemen at a police station in Subang Jaya to be transferred to different branches because they had failed to take action against two shoplots operating illegal gaming machines barely 100 metres from the station.
Some blogs have tried to paint Musa as a corrupt police officer but generally people would vouch for Musa as an honest, God-fearing man.
With the extension, Musa Hassan will now be IGP until 12 Sept 2010.