Ex-IGP Musa: Ensure continuity in efforts to clean up police force

KUALA LUMPUR: Whoever succeeds Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador as the country's top cop should ensure efforts to clean up the force continue, says Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

The former Inspector-General of Police said there should be continuity in dealing with matters of integrity especially on the issue of a cartel within the police force.

"The current IGP has done a lot to improve the integrity within the police force, but it is up to his successor to follow-up such efforts once he retires.

"When I retired, I came up with a five-year plan to improve the police force and I left it to my successor to carry on," he told reporters after delivering the keynote address during the event to welcome allied members to the Selangor and Wilayah Industrial Security Society (SWISS) on Sunday (April 4).

Musa was asked to comment on efforts to clean up the force once Abdul Hamid's contract expires on May 3 after being appointed as the IGP in 2019.

On the 34 enforcement officers, including those from the police force colluding with notorious Macau scam leader Datuk Seri Nicky Liow Soon's syndicate, Musa said stern action must be taken against the wrongdoers without any compromise.

"During my time (as IGP), I took action against the wrongdoers, regardless of their ranks.

"Action must be taken, otherwise the problem will fester and grow," he added.

Those identified must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, Musa said.

"Take action without fear or favour," he said.

Meanwhile, on the event, Musa, who is SWISS chairman said the association has been actively working with society members, NGOs, enforcement agencies and education bodies to advocate a new approach in embracing new challenges in the industry.

"Our mission is to develop a vibrant, technologically advanced and competitive security industry.

"The approach involves a productive mindset change in security and safety management as well as security and safety operations.

"With such changes, the industry will be well placed to embark and leverage on the digital technological advancement that Malaysia is currently going through," he said.

Musa said numerous security associations and NGOs as well as an accredited training centre and a university have joined hands with SWISS to form a strong coalition that will ensure the sustainability of the security sector.

"The coalition is working towards building a better private security environment and giving new momentum of service delivery to users of security services," he said.

Through such efforts, Musa said it is believed that employees of the industry will see an uplifting of their status as well as the elimination of the current stigma attached to being guards.

"We hope these initiatives will lead to more competent and skilled human capital in the industry," he said.

The association is working closely with a local university to map out strategic action plans to develop local talents for better security in Malaysia, he added.

"This way, dependency on foreign workers in security services as well as the outflow of currency out of the country can be greatly reduced.

"We are working on several plans including a professional standards framework that security organisations can use as a guide in developing a career progression pathway for their guards.

"We will also be working with other industries to come up with recommended wage levels in accordance with the framework to bring the industry on par with other service-based industry in Malaysia in the long run," Musa said.

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