KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): Each potential recruit for the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) must pass religious and moral tests.
Bukit Aman Management Department director Comm Datuk Abd Rahim Jaafar said this was to ensure that all police officers and personnel would have high values and integrity.
"Next year we expect the recruitment of 6,000 rank and file personnel and about 500 officers to fill the job vacancies.
"In addition to psychometric and attitude tests, each candidate must pass religious tests for Muslims and online (moral) tests for non-Muslims as well as during interview sessions before being accepted for training.
"A policeman’s job is to protect the public's safety. But how can he be concerned if he (the police) has issues?" he told reporters after attending the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara award presentation ceremony here on Tuesday (Dec 10).
In addition, Comm Abd Rahim said the emphasis on religious and moral values was made to address cases of misconduct among PDRM personnel, although the number of such cases was very small, less than one per cent.
About 300 members, officers and retired personnel received the medal presented by Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar and attended by Terengganu police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail.
Comm Abd Rahim added that PDRM was also seeking assistance from universities to use technologies that could detect candidates who had previous drug problems.
"This is because we find that some of the policemen arrested in connection with drugs actually had a previous involvement before joining the service.
"This is what we are trying to avoid as it gives a bad image and reputation to the PDRM," he said.- Bernama