PUTRAJAYA: The recent shakeups within the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will not affect enforcement efforts, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The Transport Minister said the vacancy in the enforcement director’s position and the current police probe on three special action team (PTK) members will not stop JPJ’s ongoing work.
“Our enforcement work will go on. The case involving the PTK is under police investigation, allow it to be investigated by them,” said Liow when met at his ministry yesterday.
Liow said the special action team, which operates under JPJ’s enforcement division, remains an important unit
“Especially in solving issues related to tontos and syndicates. We have managed to stamp out the tonto menace in a short period of time, and now we are on to the “tayar celup” syndicates. In going after these syndicates, we need the PTK because they are allowed to handle weapons, and this is vital as we are dealing with criminals,” said Liow.
On July 13, three JPJ officers from the PTK had allegedly broken into the office of JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron at the department’s headquarters here.
The three were detained by the police and later released on bail.
In the aftermath of the incident, JPJ enforcement director Datuk V. Valluvan was transferred to the Public Service Department (PSD), together with deputy director-general Datuk Yusoff Ayob, who was charged for abusing the emergency lane.
Liow said the two transfers were a normal civil service procedure, and also a prerogative of the Chief Secretary of the Government (KSN) and the PSD.
“These transfers are normal, and are not related to the ongoing cases. In the civil service, there are always transfers from time to time. Some move departments and some get promoted.
“These administrative changes are managed by the KSN, and I have no problems with whoever will be brought in to fill the vacancies,” said Liow.
He added that his ministry will always uphold integrity among its staff, and is working closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to ensure transparency.
“Our ministry was among the first to sign the anti-corruption pledge with MACC, and we continuously work hard to increase integrity and transparency in JPJ,” said Liow.
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