Stop transferring errant cops to other states, says Sabah Datuks Council


KOTA KINABALU: The police must stop transferring errant personnel to other states, says Council of Datuks Sabah president Datuk Claudius Roman.

“It is time to stop this unfair and unacceptable practice. To allow such transfers is tantamount to covering up the crimes of government staff,” he said.

Roman said such officials should face the music for their conduct, so a strong deterrent message is sent.

He added that this will restore respect and trust in the community for the government.

Roman said there should never be any practice of double standards in the treatment of errant or problematic public officers and those in the community.

He said such errant or problematic police officers should be suspended from work immediately as is the norm under the laws of Malaysia and not be sent to Sabah to deceive locals.

“When I was a child, policemen were admired as trustworthy law enforcement officers but sadly, the truth is their integrity has deteriorated so much that when one sees a policeman one would turn the other corner just to avoid him,” he claimed.

Roman said Sabah deserved better respect and treatment compared to what has been shown to the state over the years.

Earlier, Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk S. Sasikala Devi reportedly said nine officers were transferred to several police stations and divisions in Sabah and Sarawak.

She said they had been placed in the states as investigations continue on their alleged involvement in an extortion case linked to a businessman in Gombak.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani later clarified that this transfer has yet to take place.

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