IGP: Yes, we do have cops who take bribes

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KUALA LUMPUR: IGP Khalid Abu Bakar today acknowledged there were police personnel who took bribes from the public and foreigners, including foreign students.

However, he said, the police were constantly making efforts to stamp out the culture of corruption in the force which included stern action against those caught taking bribes.

“I don’t deny there is corruption in the police force involving foreign students. It has happened.

“This is something not easy to overcome but, take it from me, we are constantly taking appropriate measures to curb the problem,” he said during a question and answer session after giving a lecture at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) campus here. He also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UTM and the police.

A PhD student, identified as Norizan, had told the IGP that a research study she undertook found many foreign students had a negative view of Malaysian police.

“They said their most common experience with the police was giving bribes, from RM5, RM10 up to RM1,000 and RM2,000,” she said.

Khalid related his personal encounter with corrupt policemen last month when he spotted three patrolmen, including a lance corporal, conducting an unauthorised check on a foreign woman by the roadside in Semenyih, Selangor.

The trio, aged between 25 and 36, were assigned desk duties for a month and ordered to undergo foot drills – non-stop marching and running — from 11am to 1pm at the Semenyih police station.