Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun has denied an online report insinuating that police funds were used for his daughter's wedding, saying that he personally footed the bill with his own savings.
This, he said, included the expenses of his Brunei counterpart, who the former had invited to attend the July 1 ceremony.
On Thursday, Sarawak Report questioned who paid for top cops in the region to attend the wedding.
The portal based this on official invitations allegedly sent out to the senior police officers in April by the Malaysian police.
The invitations, the report claimed, included return business class tickets for the guests and their spouses, as well as a night’s stay at the hotel in which the ceremony was held.
"Given that the sender of the letter is the Royal Malaysia Police, there is a strong implication that the police force and not its boss would be footing the bill.
“This would appear to be an extremely poor example to be setting for people lower in the ranks in terms of misdirecting funds," the portal claimed.
Sarawak Report also described the wedding as lavish, but stated that "perhaps, a career at the top of Special Branch and the police enables sufficient savings to be made."
Fuzi was quoted by The Star today as saying that when the invitations were sent out, it was understood that he would be footing the bill in a personal capacity.
Accusing Sarawak Report of inaccurate reporting, he said: "In fact, only my counterpart from Brunei attended the wedding.
“Why would I resort to such dubious means for my own daughter’s wedding? I have nothing to hide," he insisted, adding that he has accumulated enough savings to cover the cost of his daughter's wedding given that he is approaching retirement age.