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