PETALING JAYA: Bad characters in the police force must be weeded out swiftly to avoid further damage to its image, says the National Patriots Association (Patriot).
Its president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji praised Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador for his action against personnel who tarnished the police forces’ image.
He said news report on Nov 16 had mentioned that Abdul Hamid issued transfer orders for senior officers from three critical departments that were responsible for investigation and eradication of crimes relating to gangsterism, narcotic, immorality and unlicensed gambling.
"The transfer order by him is a result and follows from the arrest by MACC of 10 police officers from Bukit Aman in early October.
"They were alleged to have been involved in shielding the activities of the Macau scam that targeted China citizens. Malaysians were believed to be also among victims of the Macau scam," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 18).
He added that Abdul Hamid had on a number of occasions ordered his officers not to indulge in criminal activities or be seen to be in association with alleged criminals.
"Officers arrested appeared to have contravened the orders, and if proven guilty, deserve severe punishment.
"Needless to say, officers of the law must be exemplary of the highest discipline and nothing less," he said, adding that such bad characters in the force need to be weeded out fast.
He said officers and rank-and-file personnel need to cooperate to expose malfeasance among them.
"The Inspector-General of Police’s tenure, which is near its end, does not give him enough time to weed out the undesirables.
"Patriot believes he had tried his best to fulfill the pledge he previously made to cleanse the force of its bad image. But with the lure for ill-gotten wealth, those sworn and entrusted to keep the law had failed him and the nation," he said, adding that such failure falls squarely on ministerial responsibility, as the saying goes, a fish rots from the head. He said all that is needed is for the government leadership to genuinely show zero tolerance to corruption and those in high office to show good example.
"With the retirement of the IGP drawing near, the burden to weed out corruption rests heavily on the new leadership of the force.
"The successor must be an individual who is religiously and morally strong. Also, one who does not bend to political pressure or from those very high up, but steadfast in upholding the law and the Constitution without fear and favour," he said.
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