KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will not compromise in taking action against personnel involved in corruption, says Datuk Ismail Mohd Zawawi.
The Kuala Lumpur JPJ director said matters of integrity was always a priority and stern action would be taken against the department’s “bad apples”.
“We don’t compromise when it comes to integrity and disciplinary issues.
“In Kuala Lumpur, we always remind the personnel and officers to adhere to the rules and regulations. They must not be tempted by offers of bribes,” he told a press conference after attending the state-level JPJ Day celebrations on Wednesday.
Ismail was commenting on the arrests of 31 people, including 24 Penang JPJ officers, by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday.
The officers allegedly protected lorry drivers who committed road offences in Penang.
The arrests were made at the MACC office in Penang between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday (April 16).
According to sources, eight of the people arrested were civilians who were proxies, middlemen and owners of companies.
Ismail said the department had its own integrity unit, which monitored the personnel and ensured they did not get involved in corrupt activities or were indisciplined.
“We have 337 people, and we cannot monitor all of them.
“However, the integrity unit is on hand to identify the problematic ones,” he said.
Internal disciplinary actions against any of the staff must follow strict standard operating procedures, Ismail added.
“We investigate all complaints before taking actions against the personnel as sometimes the complaints are not legit.
“We must ensure all elements within the SOP is adhered to before the final action of sacking somebody is taken,” he said.