IGP warns of stern action against those who are corrupt
In spite of efforts to curb bribery in recent years, it’s safe to say that the Royal Malaysia Police Force (PDRM) still struggles with the issue. If you thought that the issue just goes as deep as officers getting caught every now and then for taking bribes from civilians, you’d be mistaken. It turns out that police officers don’t just take bribes, they pay bribes too.
According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, there are police officers who resort to paying bribes just so they can pass internal examinations, which in turn will get them an opportunity for a promotion interview. It turns out that several reports have been made regarding the issue, with the bribes amounting to up to RM10,000 paid to third parties just to pass the exams.
Speaking to Bernama on the issue, Abdul Hamid said “I will never ever tolerate it and will take action against any officer or personnel who takes bribes to give a pass in the internal examinations of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to the parties involved.”
He added that PDRM will now create a special high security system that will be handled directly by the Bukit Aman Management Department director in order to prevent third parties from being able to alter the results of the promotion exams.
The revelation by Abdul Hamid sheds some light on just how prevalent the act of bribery is within the force. At the end of the day, everyone’s looking for ways to make money, be it directly through bribes or paying bribes for better prospects in life.
Whatever it is, it does seem like Bukit Aman is taking stern action against those with ill intent within the force so hopefully police officers in the country can eventually shake off the stereotype that they have developed over the years.