Duo lauded for rejecting bribe
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.
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.