KUALA LUMPUR – Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar do not deny the fact that some members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) took bribes from foreigners while doing random patrol checks.
He said that there is no easy way to control that and PDRM has taken drastic measures including taking actions against those members.
“For instance, a Chinese local newspaper reported that police patrol unit did random checks on foreigners in Semenyih without the presence of senior officers at the location.
“Prior to that, PDRM have issued a circular to stop all random checks on foreigners without the presence of senior officers,” he said during a question and answer session after delivering a speech entitled Challenges and Strategies of a New Decades during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Also present were Bukit Aman’s Criminal Investigation Department Director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, Bukit Aman’s Administration Director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah, Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh and Vice Chancellor of UTM Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar.
Khalid said, the circular issued in 2006 clearly stated that the police cannot perform any checks without the presence of senior police officers, in a planned integrated operation with the other agencies.
“These are the measures taken by PDRM to deter the police from taking opportunities against foreigners, especially the foreign students in this country,” he said.
Responding to the status of Wannacry Ransomware threats in Malaysia, Khalid said that it is still under control.
Although Malaysia did not receive big threats from the ransomware, the police are always on guard in cases of threats.
“We need to be careful. I cannot say ‘we don’t need to be worry’, as the hackers of ransomware are capable of hacking into our data and system.
“Therefore, the police are working with the Cyber Security in order to face these threats,” he said.
He also advised all higher learning education institutions to ensure that they have strong firewall system to protect their database. -MalaysiaGazette