KUALA LUMPUR: It is time for police officers to put a stop to irresponsible and corrupt behaviour within their ranks, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said there were reports that some senior officers had pressured lower-ranked officers, including OCPDs, to finance “celebrations” for them during gatherings.
In the end, the lower-ranking personnel were forced to be involved in corrupt acts.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Home Minister, said such “bullying” should stop as there were complaints made on senior officers.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said there was a case of an OCPD who had to find outside sources of income to allow him to organise celebrations for the senior officers.
Such an excuse is unacceptable, he added.
“This is a stupid excuse, if this matter had actually happened, as it goes against the principle of integrity for all enforcement officers who are supposed to protect the public.
“The days of officers receiving illegal profits and income from non-halal sources are gone. We will never accept such behaviour anymore,” he said at a treasure hunt with the media organised by the Home Ministry yesterday.
He ordered Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department and the Special Branch to investigate such claims within the force.
“I don’t deny that there are a few bad apples who bring a bad name to the enforcement agencies. But this behaviour must stop immediately,” he said.
On a separate matter, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the petition signed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad calling for the release of jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is meant “to wash away his own sins”.
He said the people knew that it was Dr Mahathir who put Anwar in jail when the former prime minister was still in power.
He was also informed that there was another petition submitted by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to the Pardons Board for a royal pardon for her husband.
“I believe that is the better way. And I do not wish to interfere with the powers provided by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to the Pardons Board for them to make such a decision,” he said.
By Rahimy Rahim The Star
Zahid: We will reshuffle police force, trust me and top cops to rectify problems within police force
DENGKIL: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) is asking the public to trust him and the top brass of the police as the force undergoes extensive reshuffling to “correct things from within”.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Home Minister, was responding to a string of arrests of police personnel by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) recently.
“We appreciate the monitoring by other agencies, but excessive publicity on their operation has led to negative perception on the police.
“What I can say is that we are committed to making changes, and that a major reshuffle is taking place as we speak,” he told reporters after attending zohor prayers and lunch at the Bukit Dugang orang asli village here yesterday.
The police came under the spotlight after MACC picked up seven police personnel in Melaka, including two district police chiefs, for alleged graft.
They are believed to be part of a racket providing protection to illegal gambling dens and massage parlours.
Police have also nabbed their own men – 21 high-ranking narcotics officers – under Ops Kabaddi, a nationwide operation to weed out corrupt officers.
The narcotics officers, including a deputy superintendent and an inspector, were being investigated for alleged involvement with drug syndicates.
However, Dr Ahmad Zahid said police would not announce the details of the reshuffling in order to avoid any further misunderstanding.
“I ask the public to trust us to do what is best for the people and the country,” he said.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police would relook their transfer policy, which stipulates that transfers should take place every three years, adding that other factors do come into play before such orders are issued.
“We have to consider costs and personal issues involving our men,” he said.
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