PETALING JAYA,Mar 12: Khairy Jamaluddin said he had asked the nation’s top cop not to go after a whistleblower who had claimed that some 200 Kelantan state secretariat (SUK) staff had tried to jump the queue to get inoculated.
Khairy, who is the minister coordinating the Covid-19 immunisation programme, said as far as police reports were concerned, “due process follows”.
“But I have asked the IGP not to punish whistleblowers,” he said in a tweet, referring to Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.
He said Hamid understood “as he is also a whistleblower”.
Khairy said he did not want to be seen as interfering in police work, “but since this is an issue of public interest, I must clarify that I have spoken to the IGP about this, to leave whistleblowers alone”.
Three days ago, Kelantan police chief Shafien Mamat said they were expecting to record a statement soon from an individual suspected of spreading an allegation.
This comes after the Kelantan local government, housing and health committee chairman’s special officer, Mohamad Taufik Ramli, lodged a police report against the claim.
Last month, Khairy encouraged whistleblowers to “anonymously” report queue-jumping directly to him so he could probe the matter.
Today, Khairy said he had not revealed the identities of any whistleblower and that some of the information had been used to correct the list of appointments made.