Police to launch anti-corruption plan Thursday (Nov 26)

Bukit Aman JIPS director Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya. – RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Police's Anti-Corruption Plan will be the force's blue print to curb corruption and wrongdoing by police personnel.

Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) director Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya said the plan, which spans from this year until 2024, is set to be unveiled Thursday (Nov 26) by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

Among some of the measures to will be to equip policemen with body cameras, he said.

"Police personnel assigned to patrol and roadblock duties will be equipped with body cameras starting next year to assist them in their work and protect them against any allegation of wrongdoing. The level of accountability will definitely be increased," he said.

He added that the police's management department would conduct strict screening of officers being considered for critical posts such as district police chiefs (OCPD) as well as gambling and secret societies division (D7) officers.

"We want to ensure those selected are not vulnerable to abuse of power or corruption," Comm Zamri said.

Speaking about the launch of the police's Anti-Corruption Plan by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador on Thursday (Nov 26), Comm Zamri said that it would help to strengthen integrity, eradicate corruption and instil good governance.

He added that the plan – which will run until 2024 – is in line with the National Anti-Corruption Plan launched in 2018.

"This is definitely the right direction in moving forward for the future for the police force," he said on Wednesday (Nov 25).

He said the plan is based on six thrusts, supported through 57 initiatives.

These thrusts are human resource management; security intelligence; enforcement of law and order; investigation and prosecution; maintaining public order and harmony; and financial management and procurement.

"The Police Anti-Corruption Plan will certainly be a game changer for a better future for the police force," he added.

Comm Zamri also said that the elevation of the force's integrity should not fall on JIPS alone.

"We need collective responsibility from all levels in the police force to ensure a successful turnaround for the force," he said.

He also said that the Inspector-General of Police had also invoked Regulation 3(C) of the Public Officers Regulations 1993 on supervisory accountability, under which there is an onus on supervisory officers to ensure good conduct and work compliance of police personnel under their charge.

"Disciplinary action can be taken against them if they are found to have been negligent in that role," he said.

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