Arrest of 12 cops by MACC in Penang source of grief for IGP

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador says if the MACC fails to provide sufficient evidence against the 12 officers detained, they will still have to face disciplinary action by the Royal Malaysia Police.

PASIR MAS: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador today expressed his frustration over alleged corrupt practices among police personnel involving lorry drivers which led them to be arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Hamid was disappointed that there were still officers involved in such practices despite the many warnings and advice.

He said he had yet to receive the full report on the Penang case involving 12 police officers arrested by MACC yesterday but welcomed any action to curb corrupt practices.

“Yes, I am disappointed. Sadly, the family members will have to bear the consequences of such acts.

“The ones who take (the bribe) are the husbands. If they don’t think about the fate of their families, then they can carry on.

“If they are caught, there will be no point in feeling remorse as there have been enough warnings and advice given.”

He was speaking to reporters after the presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) awards to 264 police officers and personnel who served during the Emergency.

The ceremony, also attended by Bukit Aman Management Department director Abd Rahim Jaafar and Kelantan police chief Hasanuddin Hassan, was held at the Pasir Mas district police headquarters’ Dewan Ketua Polis Negara here today.

Commenting further, Hamid said the MACC would complete its investigation papers before submitting them to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.

“If the prosecution fails to provide sufficient evidence, the officers and personnel involved in the corruption will face disciplinary action by the Royal Malaysia Police.

“I will not give up. Through the police Management Department, I will continue to strive to raise awareness among police officers and personnel on corruption,” he said.

Yesterday, 12 police personnel from the Penang police headquarters’ traffic division were arrested by the MACC for alleged corrupt practices and abuse of power.

Eleven of them were detained around Penang, while another was arrested in Kuala Lumpur during the special MACC operation conducted between 10am and 6pm yesterday.