KUALA LUMPUR: Eliminating elements of corruption in the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is a priority and the first thing to be given attention in strengthening the police force, says Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
He said the thing that he would do as head of the police force would be to create awareness among police officers and other ranks that corruption was a major sin.
“This is because PDRM is given the responsibility ... the power given to PDRM is holy, if any member of PDRM is involved in corrupt practices, it would be a major sin.
“As such, I want to explain to members of the police force at all levels that there must be awareness that whatever is gained in a wrongful manner cannot be given to any member of the family,” he said in an interview with Bernama at the police headquarters in Bukit Aman here.
Abdul Hamid said he was determined to create awareness among members of PDRM that corruption was a most distasteful act.
“When there is an understanding and awareness of this, then they would make a new move to stop all action that would harm members of the public.
“In addition, corruption occurred across the board in all 10 departments of the police force including the Special Branch.
“Thus, this should be prevented and I will act to plug as many loopholes which were deemed permissible,” he said.
Abdul Hamid explained that he had recently issued a directive to all contingents, officers-in-charge of police districts (OCPDs) and officers-in-charge of police stations (OCS) to stop all acts of obtaining sponsorship privately to hold open houses in conjunction with Hari Raya.
“There are people who say this is a traditional event. I agree, we hold open houses every year where we invite all government officers and foreign embassy officials to interact with PDRM.
“However, there is no allocation from the government for PDRM to organise such activities.
“So we have to use internal funds such as the welfare, social and sports fund to organise major events which are costly,” he said.
Abdul Hamid said all this while open houses, such as those in Bukit Aman, received sponsorship from corporate bodies.
“But on the lower levels, junior officers seek sponsorship from outside to organise such events.
“Such actions were carried out without any guidelines,” he said. — Bernama