‘MOVE AGAINST COR­RUPT COPS WILL BOOST PUB­LIC TRUST’

IGP’s ac­tion en­sures crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties are no longer pro­tected, says MACC

New Straits Times - - News - Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad

HARIZ MOHD

KUALA LUMPUR harizm@nst.com.my

THE Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion has lauded fed­eral po­lice for their swift ac­tion against their own men for pro­tect­ing drug syn­di­cates.

MACC Chief Com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad said yes­ter­day, by putting cor­rupt po­lice­men be­hind bars, the force was en­sur­ing that crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties were no longer pro­tected in the coun­try.

“I be­lieve that this move by In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will in­crease the peo­ple’s trust and con­fi­dence in the po­lice force.

“When cor­rupt of­fi­cials, who col­lude with crim­i­nals and or­gan­ised crime or­gan­i­sa­tions, are put be­hind bars, crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties can no longer be pro­tected.

“This move will also pave the way for the na­tion’s pros­per­ity, as well as en­sur­ing its se­cu­rity and the cit­i­zens would not be com­pro­mised now and in years to come,” he told the New Sun­day Times yes­ter­day.

Dzulk­i­fli was com­ment­ing on an ex­clu­sive re­port on the fron­tpage of the New Straits Times yes­ter­day on the ar­rests of 16 po­lice­men, in­clud­ing sev­eral high-rank­ing of­fi­cers, in a spe­cial op­er­a­tion.

“I con­grat­u­late the IGP on his bold move in the lat­est cleanup of the po­lice force, by tak­ing its cor­rupt of­fi­cers into cus­tody.”

The spe­cial op­er­a­tion saw the po­lice­men rounded up un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma) on sus­pi­cion of be­ing on the pay­roll of drug syn­di­cates.

It was re­ported that many of the sus­pects, in­clud­ing of­fi­cers with the ranks of deputy su­per­in­ten­dent and in­spec­tor, were at­tached to the Nar­cotics Depart­ment.

Dzulk­i­fli’s deputy (op­er­a­tions), Datuk Azam Baki, said the com­mis­sion was ready to ex­tend its as­sis­tance to the po­lice if needed.

“For the time be­ing, MACC will not med­dle (in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion) as po­lice had ini­ti­ated it against their own.

“The use of Sosma also in­di­cates the force’s se­ri­ous­ness in han­dling this mat­ter, as it is a law that is used only for sen­si­tive cases that in­volve threats to na­tional se­cu­rity.

“But, if po­lice re­quest for MACC to co­op­er­ate with them, we will go in,” he said. Sul­tan of Perak Sul­tan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah with heart pa­tients Au­gustina Vanatha­iah, 2, and Ar­fan Idris, 6, at the ‘Golf Di­gest Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge in Aid of IJN Foun­da­tion’ prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day. Au­gustina and Ar­fan re­ceived do­na­tions from In­sti­tute Jan­tung Ne­gara Foun­da­tion (IJNF) at the Kuala Lumpur Tour­na­ment Play­ers Club. Present are IJNF Board of Trustee mem­ber Datin Julini Mohd Ali (third from left), Golf Di­gest Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge chair­man Datuk Zainal Abidin Pu­tih (left) and the chil­dren’s fam­ily mem­bers.

I con­grat­u­late the IGP on his bold move in the lat­est clean-up of the po­lice force, by tak­ing its cor­rupt of­fi­cers into cus­tody.

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