Federal police to step in if local cops fail to act on graft

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 Aug 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will send in special raiding teams to take over the investigations into illegal activities in places where the local CID fails to act.  

The move by the federal police headquarters is part of measures to wipe out corrupt practices within the force, CID Director Comm Datuk Musa Hassan said. 

“The force has been accused of being corrupt, and one reason is inaction by the CID against people involved in illegal activities. 

“There is no room for such people in the force and I am adamant about wiping out such corrupt practices,” he said in an interview. 

In fact, Bukit Aman had already begun doing this, he said, citing the recent despatch of several teams from Bukit Aman to Penang when officers there failed to take action on certain illegal activities. 

Comm Musa: To discuss commission's findings with police division chiefs.

Comm Musa said he had been receiving information from people in several states that his officers were not acting on their complaints despite numerous reports. 

He said he had given his officers a timeframe to act, failing which he would send down his special team to investigate not only the complaints but also the officers concerned. 

“State police chiefs, CID chiefs and OCPDs must play a more active role and check on their CID officers and men because they are the ones directly in charge of them at state level. 

“They must get tough with the CID men and query them as to why no action has been taken against certain parties, without fear or favour,” he said, adding that the public could write or contact him personally. 

Comm Musa said he was not shifting the blame to the police chiefs but as ground commanders they must be more accountable. 

He reminded them that when Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar took over as the Inspector-General of Police last October, the IGP had said that all ground commanders must be accountable for their men. 

On the preliminary report of the Royal Commission on the Police Force – which has been submitted to the King and the Government – that the commercial crimes, anti-vice and gaming divisions under the CID were among the most corrupt, Comm Musa said that he would meet the respective division chiefs to discuss the findings. 

Comm Musa can be contacted at 03-2262-6222 or 03- 2262-6801. 

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