Duo lauded for re­ject­ing bribe

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The in­tegrity of two po­lice­men was put to test two years ago when a man, who was traf­fick­ing four il­le­gal im­mi­grants, tried to bribe them.

Yes­ter­day, their ad­mirable ef­forts to say no to the cul­prit proved to be their proud­est mo­ment when they each re­ceived a certificate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC).

The duo, Con­sta­ble Mohd Norzulkhairee Md Akhir and Cor­po­ral Mohd Hafizul Rizuan, were sta­tioned at the Tan­jung Bun­gah po­lice sta­tion when they stopped a car for checks.

“The four Bangladeshis had no doc­u­ments on them. I told the driver that he would be de­tained along with the four. The driver then tried to sneak RM1,000 into our hands but we did not take it.

“We hand­cuffed him and dragged him to the sta­tion,” Norzulkhairee said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ac­co­lade.

Norzulkhairee said he re­fused to take the money as it was “the right thing to do”.

Pe­nang po­lice chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye lauded the duo for re­ject­ing the bribe.

“The po­lice force will not com­pro­mise on bribery, and will take stern ac­tion against un­scrupu­lous per­son­nel who take bribes.

“These two men will re­ceive RM200 and the cer­tifi­cates from MACC for say­ing no to bribery,” he said at the state po­lice con­tin­gent head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day dur­ing the monthly as­sem­bly, where 480 oth­ers po­lice per­son­nel re­ceived awards for ex­cel­lent ser­vice.

Chuah also said that po­lice would come down hard on any per­son­nel in the Nar­cotics Depart­ment found to be con­spir­ing with drug syn­di­cates.

“The Bukit Aman team has its own in­tel­li­gence unit that in­ves­ti­gates such mat­ters. They know who the ‘dirty’ cops are.”

Chuah was com­ment­ing on the call by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi for a probe into the in­volve­ment of po­lice with drug syn­di­cates to be ex­tended to state and dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters.

FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL PIC BY SHAH­NAZ

Con­sta­ble Mohd Norzulkhairee Md Akhir (left) re­ceiv­ing a certificate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion from Pe­nang po­lice chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye at the state po­lice head­quar­ters in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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