I WILL NOT COM­PRO­MISE

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Zahid stressed his com­mit­ment to not com­pro­mise on any of­fi­cers or en­forcers sen­tenced with the crime.

“I won’t look at who is in­volved, I am colour blind and I’m not em­bar­rassed to take ac­tion against those who are en­trusted with du­ties but be­tray trusts, or the black sheep which gives ev­ery­one a bad name.”

“I never want to com­pro­mise, I don’t feel ashamed when I cut off a gan­grenous limb. If not, it will harm the body... we have to be clean so that we look clean and for per­cep­tion to change and our trusta­bil­ity to in­crease.”

Zahid said this while ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants of a post­grad­u­ate di­ploma pro­gramme at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (In­tan) here yes­ter­day.

He said although the crime in­dex has dropped, the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion on en­force­ment per­son­nel has not changed.

Zahid said there were those who still be­lieved po­lice of­fi­cers are not do­ing their job and the Home Min­istry was not play­ing its role ef­fec­tively or was not good enough in car­ry­ing out its du­ties.

“This per­cep­tion does not change be­cause there are pre­con­ceived no­tions and prej­u­dice. Prej­u­dice starts from the first im­pres­sion. When peo­ple see the po­lice they as­so­ci­ate it with cor­rup­tion.

“That is the per­cep­tion,” he said while cit­ing the re­cent ar­rests as among the in­stances that fu­eled the prej­u­dice.

Zahid said that while the gov­ern­ment’s hope to have all its en­force­ment per­son­nel to be free of cor­rup­tion or abuse of power may be a tall or­der, it was not im­pos­si­ble to do.

He also con­grat­u­lated In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and his deputy Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim for be­ing clean and want the po­lice force to be on the front­lines of the war on graft.

BY YAZIT RAZALI PIC

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with par­tic­i­pants of a post­grad­u­ate di­ploma pro­gramme at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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