KUALA LUMPUR: The allegations by some quarters that the police are made up of “yes-men” (“pak turut”) and getting paid without doing any job (“makan gaji buta”) is baseless, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Expressing regret over the claims, he said they were made to create a wrong impression of the police force.
“Recently, a former leader, who is already 93 years old, claimed that the police were the ones responsible and the ones at fault for prompting him to sack a deputy minister in 1998,” he said.
Najib said the matter had, however, been clarified by the then inspector-general of police, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Noor, who said the police had no jurisdiction to sack anyone.
Najib said this in his speech at the 211th Police Day memorial parade at the Kuala Lumpur Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here today.
In his speech, Najib also hit out at PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir for wanting to terminate the service of all high-ranking officers in the current government if the opposition pact was voted to power after the 14th general election (GE14).
“We, the government, always appreciate the contributions by members of the police force. Their interests and welfare will continue to be looked after by the existing government,” he said.
Present were the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Meanwhile, Najib also announced that the government, through Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), was allocating a special Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) fund of RM1.5 billion under the ASB i-KOP Investment Scheme for members of the police force.
He said the scheme would benefit those who were police cooperative members, those going on retirement and police retirees.
In his speech, Najib also announced an allocation of RM15 million for repair work of all the police training centre (Pulapol) quarters in Kuala Lumpur.
Apart from that, Najib said the government also approved 10,000 units of houses under the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Scheme — Royal Malaysia Police (PPA1M-PDRM), as announced in 2018 Budget, to help police personnel who had yet to own a house.
“Until now a total of 840 units have been approved for construction through a joint venture between the police cooperative and a private company.
“This will be followed by another 405 units, also for police personnel, in Putrajaya,” he said.
The prime minister said the price range of the houses was much lower than the market price, at between RM120,000 and RM300,000 per unit with a floor size of between 850 sq ft and 1,200 sq ft.
Najib said among the biggest achievements by the police was in reducing the 2017 crime index by 13,186 cases, or 11.7%, from the previous year.
He said the number of police personnel would be increased from time to time, depending on the need.
As of last month, he said the force had 130,401 personnel.