PETALING JAYA: The promise of a quick buck could not sway these men in blue from carrying out their duty.
For refusing bribes, the 18 policemen were honoured yesterday at a ceremony by Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff.
Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission director Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Abdullah also attended.
Lance Corporal Selvie Pensin, from the KLIA2 Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department, was one of the 18.
On Feb 7, L/Kpl Selvie, 33, and three other policemen were on routine traffic duty at KLIA2 when they stopped a car with a broken tail light.
“We were about to issue a summons. But the driver refused to show any identification, saying that his passport was still being processed by Immigration.
“We explained that we had to issue the summons but he put a RM50 note in my hand. His friends in the car also told him to bribe.
“I told him that bribing a policeman is an offence and asked him nicely to stop. But he kept insisting and tried to pass the money to my colleagues. After more warnings, I arrested them on the spot for bribery,” said the Sabah native.
The 18 officers received letters of appreciation.
“These letters will be added to their records and may carry some weight when they are scheduled for promotion,” said DCP Mohd Fuad.
He revealed that when he was Bukit Aman traffic chief, highlighting such cases of honesty saw a decrease in corruption.
“The media gave a lot of coverage then, and to a certain extent corrupt practices in the department dropped. So, it is effective,” he said.
He also had some choice words about the act of bribery, calling it “dirty” and “disgusting”.
“I am very proud of these men as their superior officer. When the people see our blue uniforms, they will know that PDRM will not compromise in this matter,” he said.
Anyone caught offering a bribe would be detained immediately, warned DCP Mohd Fuad.