Most police misconduct cases in Melaka drug-related, say cops

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PETALING JAYA: Drug-related offences constitute the majority of misconduct charges filed against policemen in Melaka, Star reported.

This was revealed in a press conference that followed the signing of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) corruption-free pledge by Melaka deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Ruslan Hassan and MACC director Abu Talib Othman yesterday.

Ruslan told the media that for this year, as at yesterday, there had been 42 investigation papers opened over misconduct committed by officers and rank-and-file policemen, most of which were drug-related.

“Last year, 55 investigation papers were opened against 10 senior police officers and 61 rank-and-file personnel.

“This shows that the police will not compromise on any of its personnel who commit criminal offences,” he was quoted as saying by the daily, at the state police headquarters in Bukit Beruang.

He added that one policeman from the Alor Gajah police district was charged in court for corruption.

On that note, Abu Talib said MACC’s investigation into an alleged protection racket involving several policemen, some of whom were high-ranking officers in the state, is still ongoing.

“Let us wait for the outcome of the cases,” he was quoted as saying, adding that the investigations were led by officers from MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

Last May, 10 policemen and one intermediary were arrested and placed under investigation by MACC for allegedly running a protection racket for illegal gambling outlets and vice dens in the state.

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