Ne­ti­zens want IGP, MACC chief to root out cor­rup­tion in force

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The po­lice and Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion must do all they can to tackle cor­rup­tion in the force.

Ne­ti­zens, who read the New Sun­day Times’s re­port yes­ter­day that re­vealed the shock­ing truth about ram­pant po­lice cor­rup­tion in Malaysia in­volv­ing high-rank­ing of­fi­cers who de­mand “spon­sors” from their men, re­acted an­grily and called on the in­spec­tor­gen­eral of po­lice and MACC chief com­mis­sioner to wage an all-out war against corrupt po­lice­men.

“Come on top of­fi­cials, don’t just re­main si­lent. Please probe the mat­ter,” wrote Zaludin Mor­shidi on the NST On­line Face­book page.

Navin In­dran urged MACC to take ac­tion against corrupt po­lice of­fi­cers, while Aarif Iman Ab­dul­lah ques­tioned if IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was aware of the ac­tiv­i­ties in the de­part­ment.

Zan Hussin said the grow­ing prob­lem plagu­ing the force called for an “open do­mes­tic in­quiry”, while Ismail Mo­hamad said it was high time the gov­ern­ment con­sid­ered the sug­ges­tion of hav­ing an In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints and Mis­con­duct Com­mis­sion (IPCMC).

The IPCMC was first pro­posed in 2005, but was not es­tab­lished. In­stead, the En­force­ment Agency In­tegrity Com­mis­sion was set up.

Face­book user K.Y. Tam stressed that the author­i­ties should also go af­ter “the heads” in the po­lice force who were in­volved in bribery.

Another Ne­ti­zen, Syed S.K. Kamil, linked the news re­port to Star Wars, writ­ing that “the dark side of the force fi­nally came into the light”.

P.J. Sek, mean­while, took is­sue with the po­lice­men who blamed se­nior of­fi­cers for mak­ing them turn to corrupt prac­tices, say­ing that if their claims were true, then they should have been bold enough to re­sist their su­pe­ri­ors.

“Forced (into bribery)? There are al­ways other op­tions and they took the easy one. (Mere) ex­cuses,” he wrote.

Aziz Atan wrote: “I be­lieve it’s true. Worse, if not sat­is­fac­to­rily en­ter­tained, it will af­fect their re­views and fu­ture pro­mo­tions (of the po­lice­men in­volved).”

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