How to fight corruption among traffic cops

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KUALA LUMPUR: Centre for Global Affairs Malaysia (ICON) president Abdul Razak Baginda has urged the government to consider giving policemen monetary incentives to hand out summonses for traffic offences.

He said this would encourage them to reject bribes.

“If you give out monetary incentives to police officers then the next time someone wants to bribe himself out of a ticket, the cop will say, ‘I don’t need your RM50. I’m getting a bonus for giving you this ticket,’ Razak said at a forum entitled “Post-politics: Malaysians’ hopes and aspirations” at Bangunan Getah Asli here.

He was commenting on the prevalence of videos on social media suggesting that policemen often accept bribes from traffic offenders.

He said corruption happened in the country because of a lack of professionalism and a lack of checks and balances.

“Why is it that we don’t have independent watchdogs? Where does a whistleblower go to?”

He said calls for reforms should not be personalised to any individual.

“I believe in institutionalisation. What’s the point of asking Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down if you’re going to replace him with another clown?

“You have to fix the system, the institution. It’s the same with corruption.”