SHAH ALAM: There is no excuse for law enforcement officers to flout the law, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).
"Even if they claim to be duped, used or forced into doing it, there is no excuse," he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was referring to the six senior officers serving in Melaka who were picked up during a sting operation on Tuesday for allegedly protecting vice dens.
"Police are always consistent in handling issues where 'harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi (trust is betrayed)'," he said at a press conference held after an event with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam students here Friday.
"When they (policemen) provide inside information to others (crime syndicates), cooperate with them and even accept extraordinary income, we sniff this out," he said.
He said information on police operations should not have been leaked to syndicates.
"I met with up with the Melaka police chief and have given him an endorsement to oversee the matter," he said.
He said that "clean-up processes" should not be seasonal but carried out at all times.
In a separate development, Dr Ahmad Zahid denied that Turkish operatives were present during an operation by the Malaysian Government, which saw three Turks being arrested and deported to Turkey on May 11.
"This news is wrong," said Dr Ahmad Zahid.
He was responding to a report by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency claiming that Turkish operatives helped in the arrest of Turgay Karaman, Ihsan Aslan and Ismet Ozcelik.
It claimed that officials from the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation, an anti-terror police unit and an anaesthetist took part in the operation.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the arrests were made after receiving information from the Counter-Messaging Centre (CMC) over their involvement in an organisation deemed illegal in Turkey.
The men were using Malaysia as a launch pad to expand their movements, he said.
He added that the Government took the action to protect national security and the country's image.
"This is why even though their wives asked for them to be deported to other countries, they were sent back to Turkey.
"We don't want other countries to shoulder the burden," he said.