Zahid: Probe allegation cops seek ‘side income’ for superiors

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KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has directed an investigation over allegations the police, especially at district level, are forced to seek side income to fete their higher-ups.

The home minister said he had directed the Bukit Aman’s integrity and compliance department (JIPS) and Special Branch to investigate the matter, adding that it was something not quite smart if it had really occurred.

“They could have told the truth if they did not have financial resources, they should not use stupid excuses to defend themselves,” he said in his speech at the closing of a home ministry media tour here yesterday.

Also present was Bernama general manager Zulkifli Salleh and editor-in-chief Zakaria Abd Wahab.

An English language newspaper had reported yesterday the alleged practice of seeking side income was carried out by the policemen because their superior officers sought “sponsorship” from them.

At a media conference later, Zahid said the allegations of corrupt practices among some policemen must be eradicated to correct the negative perception of society towards the police.

He said he would also discuss with the other ministries to cleanse enforcement agencies from corrupt practices.

“The trust of the people in enforcement agencies must be returned. A few black sheep which destroy the image of the majority must be done away with,” he said.

Using the analogy of a diabetic patient, Zahid said normally a body part damaged by the disease would be amputated to prevent its spread.

“Maybe, that is the best method which the home ministry and other ministries and departments with enforcement agencies can use,” he said.

Meanwhile, 84 media practitioners in 21 vehicles took part in a Media Treasure Hunt aimed at introducing policies, functions and roles of the home ministry to the public, other than firming up ties with the media.

The debut programme involved participants from numerous media organisations including Bernama, RTM, Bernama News Channel, Media Prima, Astro Awani, The Malay Mail, The Sun, Sinar Harian, The Star and Utusan Malaysia.