Re­minders, cau­tions or one-day salary fine not enough to dis­ci­pline them

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LIGHT pun­ish­ment will not do for rogue mem­bers of the po­lice force. Stronger puni­tive mea­sures are needed to up­hold dis­ci­pline and in­tegrity in the ranks, par­tic­u­larly among those who com­mit mis­con­duct.

Re­minders, cau­tions or one­day salary fines are not enough to dis­ci­pline those who have been rep­ri­manded for cor­rup­tion, or abuse of power.

The En­force­ment Agency In­tegrity Com­mis­sion (EAIC) be­lieves the force’s in­tegrity will be com­pro­mised if rogue po­lice­men are let off lightly.

Its chair­man, Datuk Yaa­cob Md Sam, said the five-year Po­lice In­tegrity Plan (2016-2020) was in place to deal with the is­sue.

Sus­pen­sion of emol­u­ments or salary in­creases, de­mo­tions or early re­tire­ment are among ac­tions that can be taken.

“EAIC hopes that the po­lice dis­ci­plinary arm takes a se­ri­ous view of mis­con­duct by its mem­bers, and metes out a hefty pun­ish­ment to po­lice­men found to have com­mit­ted of­fences.

“This is so that the force’s dis­ci­pline and in­tegrity can be el­e­vated. Light pun­ish­ments would not work to dis­ci­pline po­lice­men and the force be­cause of­fend­ers will not learn their lesson.

“Dis­ci­plinary is­sues, if not tack­led at the early stage, would lead to more se­ri­ous prob­lems.” Yaa­cob was com­ment­ing on the crack­down against rogue po­lice­men, which saw the fed­eral po­lice ar­rest­ing 21 of its mem­bers un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 for work­ing with drug syn­di­cates.

A swoop by the Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) last week saw more than 10 po­lice­men, in­clud­ing two dis­trict po­lice chiefs, nabbed for al­leged in­volve­ment with a syn­di­cate that pro­tected il­le­gal gam­ing and vice dens in Melaka.

The fed­eral po­lice had since an­nounced it would re­vamp the Nar­cotics Depart­ment, while a reshuf­fle in­volv­ing 15 po­lice­men in Melaka was un­der­way.

Yaa­cob, who is also a Court of Ap­peal judge, said the com­mis­sion also sug­gested that po­lice stream­lined its dis­ci­pline and in­tegrity mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nism.

He said EAIC wel­comed the ac­tion by Bukit Aman to re­place of­fi­cers at strate­gic posts, which needed to be filled quickly to en­sure a con­ti­nu­ity of man­age­ment and polic­ing works.

“We be­lieve that with the re­place­ment of of­fi­cers, who are vet­ted to de­ter­mine their suit­abil­ity for each po­si­tion, it would lift the spirit and in­tegrity in the force.

“EAIC hopes the Po­lice In­tegrity Plan launched in June last year, which lays out in­tegrity en­hance­ment pro­grammes for the force, can be im­ple­mented ag­gres­sively.”

On the ar­rests of the Melaka po­lice of­fi­cers, Yaa­cob said he had a di­a­logue with state po­lice chief Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san and senior po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a work­ing visit to the Melaka po­lice head­quar­ters on Tues­day.

He said the meet­ing was about strength­en­ing in­tegrity among po­lice­men, and EAIC had voiced its full sup­port to the state po­lice to ini­ti­ate more ef­fec­tive ways in mon­i­tor­ing the dis­ci­pline of its en­force­ment of­fi­cers and those who in­ves­ti­gated re­ports lodged by the pub­lic.

Datuk Yaa­cob Md Sam

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