‘Me­laka po­lice will co­op­er­ate’

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ME­LAKA: State po­lice chief Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san said yes­ter­day he would give his full co­op­er­a­tion in the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s investigation into an al­leged pro­tec­tion racket run by sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers.

“We have no in­ten­tion of in­ter­fer­ing with MACC’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­cause we re­spect MACC’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism. I am com­fort­able with and proud of MACC,” he said.

Jalil said MACC al­ways met him be­fore­hand and asked for his per­mis­sion to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“On mat­ters re­lated to in­tegrity, Me­laka po­lice are open (to in­ves­ti­ga­tions) and work closely with MACC,” he said.

Jalil com­ment­ing on the ar­rests of sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers on Tues­day in con­nec­tion with the pro­tec­tion racket. The po­lice­men are al­leged to have col­lected money from il­le­gal gam­bling dens and mas­sage par­lours in ex­change for pro­tec­tion from po­lice ac­tion. Six po­lice­men — two dis­trict po­lice chiefs, two as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents and two in­spec­tors — and three other men have been ar­rested, with MACC of­fi­cers say­ing they have not ruled out mak­ing more ar­rests soon.

Jalil said this at the Po­lice Ad­min­is­tra­tive and Civil Ser­vants Union’s 50th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

In Balik Pulau, Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) chair­man Tan Sri Ar­pah Ab­dul Razak said the com­mis­sion was open to adopt­ing var­i­ous meth­ods and new tech­nolo­gies to de­tect cor­rup­tion among civil ser­vants. She said this could in­clude the use of poly­graph tests.

“We at PSC are will­ing to give our full co­op­er­a­tion in us­ing any means pos­si­ble (to fight graft),” she said af­ter launch­ing the PSC vol­un­teer team at Kem Bina Ne­gara. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Siti Nur­suraya Ali

Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san

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