KUALA LUMPUR – It is not too late as long as we have yet to wear the orange shirt (lock-up attire).
“We (police) need to appreciate our oath in upholding the law during our training at the police training academy. However, we got involved with bad practices half-way through,” said the Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador to the police on his commitment in toppling corruption in the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).
He also advised the police officers to wipe out and reduce incidences of corruption within the force.
“For example in the case of gambling and vice syndicates with operations throughout the country, the police officers alleged to have compromised with them.
“I have advised and warned the officers to immediately cut off any ties with those syndicates.
”I also asked the bosses of these gambling and vice syndicates that Malaysia is rich in natural resources and human capital. Thus, do legal businesses. Why do we need to break the law and damage the human civilisation? It should be strongly opposed,” he said in a press conference after the launch of the 15th Op Selamat 2019 Campaign.
Abdul Hamid also said that it is not too late for the PDRM officers to break their friendship with the syndicates and return to the right path.
He said, if there are 500 ‘dirty’ members in the force, we also have 125,000 officers and members who are good and have integrity. They can be the example to the force.
“I will ensure that the whole police force will be the best from its top leadership and I have issued an order to stop all bad practices.
“I want them to learn and take heed from the top leadership and there should be no more pushing for their subordinates to seek sponsors and such. Everything has its limits and law in the government. Perhaps, it was not being paid due attention.
“Thus, the culture that has spread and embedded in PDRM all these while needs to be scrapped and I am confident in doing that,” he added.
He was also asked to comment on the General Operations Force (PGA) at the Thailand – Kelantan border who arrested people who tried to get away by giving bribes.
Abdul Hamid said that he was informed about the matter during his recent visit and confirmed the arrest by the police in that incident.
He was also shocked by the several criminal cases involving policemen and officers.
“It is disheartening that in conjunction with Ramadan, there are several magical cases which I cannot imagine that could be done by irresponsible policemen and officers, by robbing money changer and another criminal incident in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, recently.
“Although we managed to solve the case by arresting the suspects, I will not compromise with them and tough actions will be taken against the perpetrators.
“The case was resolve very fast. Arrests and remands were made against them and this showed that we will not compromise.
“For instance, we can just take statements and release them on police bail. As the offence was heavy, we needed them to be investigated further and that was why we remanded them in the lock-up.
“That is how serious we are on cases like that,” he emphasized. -MalaysiaGazette