Entire police force to be sieved for corrupt officers
BUKIT Aman’s crackdown against officers who protect crime syndicates will be expanded to cover the entire force. Federal police now has its sights on the CID’s Anti-Vice, Gaming and Secret Societies Division.
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THE federal police special operation against rogue cops who protect crime syndicates will be widened to encompass the entire force.
This will include the Criminal Investigation Department’s AntiVice, Gaming and Secret Societies Division.
The latest move comes as a spillover effect following Bukit Aman’s swoop against Narcotics Department officers, suspected of working hand-in-glove with drug lords, early this month.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the clean-up would be done at all police departments following the latest arrests of seven policemen in Melaka, including two district police chiefs, for their suspected involvement in a protection racket, where money was collected from illegal gambling dens and massage parlours.
“What happened in Melaka shows that corruption is not only rampant in the Narcotics Department, but also the Criminal Investigation Department. So, we are going to clean up all (departments),” he said after attending a varsity engagement programme titled “Sehati Negaraku Malaysia” at Universiti Teknologi Mara’s main campus, here.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said police had been doing a good job fighting crime, but the force’s image was tainted by rogue cops who betrayed their uniforms by working in cahoots with criminals.
“I have always stressed the fact that perception of the police force had not gone up, despite them having been able to bring down the number of index crime cases. This is due to the bad apples who damage the whole police force’s image.”
Zahid said other enforcement agencies, too, needed to work to get rid of corrupt personnel.
“There is corruption in other agencies as well. See the case of Rela, where recently we arrested a Rela officer who sold the corps’ firearms. The same goes for the Immigration Department, where we had also taken action against those who are corrupt.
“Cleaning up against corruption must also be done continuously... it cannot be ‘seasonal’. Do not only do follow-ups, we must also follow through the actions we take, and must always be alert as we are dealing with humans, and there are bad apples among us.
“I don’t want this to happen in any agency under the Home Ministry, nor other ministries. The prime minister is also monitoring this issue through information fed by MACC and other enforcement agencies, so that we can see an end to corruption,” he said.
Zahid also praised police top management for their consistency in fighting corruption.
This, he said, was reflected by the setting up of federal police elite teams, which served as “flying” squads, working directly against illicit businesses.
The New Straits Times had, in a series of exclusive reports recently, revealed the issue of corruption plaguing the Narcotics Department and saw federal police initiating a swoop to arrest 16 policemen, including high-ranking officers, under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 earlier this month.