Graft: Zahid pledges total clean-up

SHAH ALAM, May 19 – Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today pledged a “total clean-up” of enforcement agencies under various ministries to flush out officers who consorted with criminals.

He said the clean-up would cover agencies that included the police, immigration department and Rela.

“We in KDN (the initials for the home ministry in Malay) will not offer them protection.

“We will catch them…it is impossible that I will compromise,” he said in response to questions during the “University with the Deputy Prime Minister” programme at Universiti Teknologi Mara here today.

He reiterated that his ministry would not compromise with enforcement officers found guilty of protecting criminal syndicates.

“PDRM (the police) has always been consistent in tackling the issue of ‘harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi’ (a Malay proverb referring to betrayal of trust). I want to state here my appreciation to PDRM for their high integrity,” he said.

On May 13, 16 police personnel including senior officers of the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department of Bukit Aman were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) for allegedly giving protection to drug distribution syndicates.

Following the arrests, the police announced a major reshuffle of personnel in the department while pushing ahead to flush out other officers involved in illegal acts.

Meanwhile, six police officers in Malacca were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on suspicion of offering protection to gambling dens.

In addition, a total of RM645,000 in cash was found in the homes and bank accounts of two police OCPDs and seven others.

Zahid said he met the Malacca police chief yesterday and assured him those involved would not be given protection although they offered excuses that they were forced or threatened.

“Although the crime rate had fallen, public perception towards the police has not improved. This is because ‘kerana nila setitik, rosak susu sebelanga’ (one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel),” he said.

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