MORE non-Malays have been urged to join the police as they currently make up only 5% of the 133,212-strong force.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said there was a need to address the racial disparity among the ranks.
“Of the total, 80.23% or 106,871 are Malays, while Chinese make up only 1.96% (2,615), Indians 3.16% (4,209), Punjabis 0.21% (275) and others 14.44% (19,242),” he said in reply to a question by Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah (Amanah-Kuala Terengganu).
He said taking care of the nation’s safety was a collective responsibility and not shouldered by one particular race.
“It is the collective responsibility of all Malaysians, irrespective of race or background, to defend the nation,” he added.
Meanwhile, a Barisan Nasional lawmaker poked fun at the recent graft allegations against the Selangor government, adding corruption could happen anywhere.
While debating the National Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2016, Setiu MP Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh said the proposed fine of up to RM500,000 in the Bill may lead to corruption.
“To me, this will create room for corruption in the lower or even enforcement levels.
“Corruption can happen anywhere. Of late, something took place in a state deemed bersih (clean) and amanah (trustworthy).
“There wasn’t only allegations of corruption but also women were being demanded.
“If you want to know which state, faham faham sajalah (just understand),” he said.
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