Faith in the police to restore its past glories


M. VEERA Pandiyan’s closing sentence in his article “Con men and crooked cops” (The Star, Oct 14) holds water and should be a wake-up call for the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

“As the effectiveness of any police force is hinged upon the trust of the people it serves, it

must be free of corruption and uphold the highest standards of integrity and accountability,” he wrote.

It pains me as a retired police officer to read that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had nabbed 13 police personnel, including several at senior level, in connection with the Macau scam and online gambling and money laundering.

It is incumbent on the police to do a reality check on how bad the situation is. Waste no time in getting rid of the pests posing in the blue uniforms.

The police must be serious in battling this menace and also transparent in their efforts to cleanse the force. To be successful in this effort, the police force must discard the notion of “spare the rod and spoil the child”.

The Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS), which was formed on July 25, 2014, should be more serious in tackling the misdemeanours of the members of the force. Nip them in the bud before the cancer spreads!

I remember my early years serving in the force. We only had a disciplinary unit directly under the Inspector-General of Police Secretariat at Bukit Aman, but it proved to be effective.

I am very positive that PDRM can do better at removing the “undesirable elements” out of the force and regain its past glories to serve the rakyat. You can do it, PDRM!

DATUK WEE BENG GEE

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