GEORGE TOWN: Inspector-General of Police Razarudin Husain has expressed hope the government will consider reviewing the minimum wage of policemen.
Razarudin had previously asked the government to adjust the RM1,441 starting salary for police constables to reflect the national minimum wage of RM1,500 a month.
“It does not have to be fixed at RM1,500. So we will request (for the review) again so that the government might consider it,” he told reporters after attending an event to commemorate the Malaysian marine police’s 76th anniversary here today.
Razarudin was asked whether policemen stationed in cities like Kuala Lumpur and George Town with a higher cost of living can cope with the RM1,500 minimum wage he proposed earlier.
He also said the force is looking at requesting for a review of the allowances given to policemen, such as the RM300 cost of living allowances distributed to those stationed in the Klang Valley.
“We may request that the government increase (these allowances) for those who are serving in the Klang Valley,” he said.
Separately, Razarudin said he has set his sight on weeding out corrupt police officers and personnel suspected of having ties with criminal syndicates.
He stressed that the police will not compromise with any officers found to have abused their powers and have been involved in corruption.
“If you asked me whether there are any personnel that are involved with syndicates, I have to answer ‘yes’ since I used to be the head of (Bukit Aman’s) narcotics (unit).
“There are police officers and policemen who are involved with syndicates and we have taken action (against them under) the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985,” he said.
He said the police are actively looking into officers living beyond their means by getting them to declare their assets.
This measure is necessary to improve the image of the force which, in turn, will restore public faith, he said.
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