Go­ing in with all guns blaz­ing

IN the war against cor­rupt cops and vice and gam­bling dens, the Me­laka po­lice chief is vow­ing to not only rely on the CID, but to also en­list the MACC and Spe­cial Branch. He says a pro­tec­tion racket has al­ready been smashed; the next tar­gets are the dens

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL

THE ME­LAKA po­lice chief has ev­ery an­gle cov­ered in his aim to rid the state un­der his watch of vice dens. It will not solely be the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion depart­ment’s, par­tic­u­larly its “D7” (Anti-Vice, Gam­bling and Se­cret So­ci­eties) di­vi­sion’s task, to tackle the is­sue that had thrust the state into the neg­a­tive lime­light again.

The state’s Spe­cial Branch, Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san said, would be largely in­volved in ad­dress­ing the scourge.

In­tel­li­gence gleaned by the Spe­cial Branch, he said, would be crit­i­cal for the state po­lice in its mis­sion to erad­i­cate vice and gam­bling in the state.

Jalil vowed that he would act on his men who had been pro­tect­ing vice and gam­bling dens, adding that it would just be a mat­ter of time be­fore they were smoked out.

Jalil, who was once Bukit Aman’s D7 prin­ci­pal as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, said he also wanted to work closer with the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) in clean­ing up his state of rogue cops who had been “pro­tect­ing” syn­di­cates run­ning il­licit busi­nesses, in­clud­ing gam­bling and mas­sage par­lours as a front for pros­ti­tu­tion.

On Tues­day, MACC smashed a pro­tec­tion racket sus­pected of hav­ing, for a while now, shielded such syn­di­cates, with the ar­rest of seven po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing two dis­trict po­lice chiefs.

“If there was a pro­tec­tion racket that in­volved po­lice of­fi­cers, con­sider it torn down.

“De­tails from the MACC’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions would pin­point the ex­act vice dens that were be­ing pro­tected ... but we won’t just wait for that.

“The state po­lice, with its own in­tel­li­gence ma­chin­ery, will gather all the in­for­ma­tion re­quired to bring them down.

“We have the data on the ex­tent of such ac­tiv­i­ties and they will be brought down,” said Jalil.

Cur­rently un­der MACC’s re­mand are the Jasin and Me­laka Ten­gah dis­trict po­lice chiefs, along with three in­spec­tors from both dis­tricts.

One of them was from the state po­lice head­quar­ters and an­other, a cor­po­ral from the Me­laka Ten­gah Dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters, who was re­manded yes­ter­day af­ter graft busters found a whop­ping RM800,000 in his house. They seized the money.

Also nabbed in re­la­tion to the case were three civil­ians. All 10 sus­pects have been re­manded for six days.

Jalil, who be­gan du­ties as the state po­lice chief on Jan 5, wel­comed the MACC crack­down on rogue po­lice­men and as­sured that the state po­lice was with the com­mis­sion in weed­ing out the scourge.

He, how­ever, would not com­ment on al­le­ga­tions that a for­mer dis­trict po­lice chief could have been trans­ferred out af­ter re­fus­ing to be part of the cor­rupt pro­tec­tion racket that shielded vice dens.

“It is not on my level to com­ment on this, but this might not be true as all trans­fers within the po­lice force are de­ter­mined by the head­quar­ters in Bukit Aman,” said Jalil.

“At the state po­lice head­quar­ters, we are no­ti­fied of all trans­fers, which we then vet and mon­i­tor. The state or dis­trict po­lice do not de­ter­mine the trans­fers of of­fi­cers.”

Jalil called on po­lice­men tempted by the gains of be­ing cor­rupt to take time to “do some soul search­ing”.

“Within the force there is a ma­chin­ery to take care of their wel­fare.

“We even con­stantly go down to the ground to look into how their wel­fare can be im­proved.

“It goes to the ex­tent of sup­port­ing their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion... there is ab­so­lutely no rea­son for po­lice­men to be in­volved in graft.

“We will co­op­er­ate with the MACC at all lev­els to en­sure the force is clean.”

Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of­fi­cers es­cort­ing a po­lice­man with the rank of cor­po­ral to court in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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