1st April 2021
IGP MUST BE GIVEN POWERS TO ACT ON DISCIPLINARY CASES
The recent exposure by IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador relating to the involvement of police officers in the Macau scam and corruption has invoked numerous public responses that are mainly supportive of the IGP, with some calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to be formed. The IGP has repeatedly assured that the matter is well within his control.
The police force has long been under public scrutiny for a number of reasons that had caused the public to view the force with disdain. There has been overwhelming criticism relating to the conduct of some members of the force; some insinuating that reports made by the public do not get attended or only received cursory attention.
The IGP’s recent no-hold-barred public statements to the media about the traitorous conduct of his own officers for leaking out planned operation to arrest Nicky Liow, reflect his frustration that his stern warnings were not heeded by a stubborn few. He was left with no choice but to openly adopt drastic and punitive action to weed out those that were found to have disparaged the good name of the force for being involved in criminal and unsavory activities.
Patriot believes the IGP is endowed with sufficient powers to deal effectively with recalcitrant members of the force; without any need to refer to other adjunct disciplinary bodies, e.g., the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) to adjudicate disciplinary matters affecting any member of the force. We believe it was for this very reason the IGP had confidently announced that all those officers arrested for being involved with the Macau scam were well within his control.
Patriot is of the view that matters of discipline affecting members of the force are best managed and dealt with by the IGP in consultation with Directors of the force. The IGP is trying hard to bring back public trust of the police force. He can only achieve this if he is given full trust to execute changes to the force by appointing officers with integrity, dignity and untarnished service record to key positions without any external interference. In this regard, we urge every right-minded citizen, in particular members of the security forces who are both serving and retired, to voice their support for the IGP in his noble effort to redeem the lost pride of the force.
Recalcitrants and tinted officers must be given a dishonorable discharge. This is within the powers of the IGP and there must be no outside interference.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan