SUBANG JAYA: Police will probe the revelation by Special Branch that more than 80% of enforcement officers at the border are corrupt, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar.
“Now that this has been uncovered, swift action must be taken by Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standards Compliance Department,” he said after attending an awards presentation ceremony at a hotel here yesterday.
Noting that what happened in Perlis was considered a wake-up call for all agencies involved in securing the country’s border, Dr Wan Junaidi said the Home Ministry would also investigate the matter.
“Information and intelligence collected by Special Branch is not hard evidence to bring the cases to court,’’ he said, adding that he had yet to verify the Special Branch report.
Dr Wan Junaidi also said the standards department (JIPS) should be isolated from the rest of the police set-up.
“JIPS officers should not be housed in the same building as those from other departments. The head of JIPS must also be the same rank as the other department directors,” he said, adding that the positions in the department must be filled quickly and its officers must be well-equipped to keep themselves relevant.
Dr Wan Junaidi also suggested that each state police contingent have its own JIPS division.
“The JIPS director should be independent and only report to the Inspector-General of Police and his deputy.
“The Home Ministry is also proposing that all agencies under it set up similar integrity units,” he said.