Police probe claim of cop involved in extortion
SHAH ALAM: Selangor police are investigating an allegation that a police station chief in Klang near here was involved in extorting from crime syndicates.
The probe was launched following a comment posted on the police contingent’s Facebook page last month alleging that the officer, an assistant superintendent, had asked for thousands of ringgit from entertainment outlets and illegal betting syndicates.
Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor said police viewed such allegations seriously and that they would not tolerate misconduct and offences committed by any member of the force.
“Referring to an allegation that went viral on social media on Aug 9 (Wednesday), which claimed that a police officer had been extorting money in exchange for protection of illegal activities, police are looking seriously at the matter.
“A thorough investigation will be carried out.
“The police will not protect anyone who commits crime,” he said in a statement released by the state police headquarters yesterday.
Mazlan said the probe was to ascertain the authenticity of the claim.
He said should the probe find that the allegations were baseless and made with an agenda to tarnish the image of the officer and police, action would be taken against the culprit.
A screenshot of the Facebook post, made by social media user “Trinh Trinh”, was attached to the statement.
The Facebook post accused the police officer, who is allegedly the chief of a police station in Klang, of asking syndicates to pay thousands of ringgit every month to him, failing which cops would raid their premises.
Datuk Mazlan Mansor