Force shake­down

En­tire po­lice force to be sieved for cor­rupt of­fi­cers

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

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.

HARIZ MOHD

SHAH ALAM harizm@nst.com.my

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.

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