Earlier this week, a woman allegedly claimed that a police officer had borrowed RM100,000 from her to buy the rank of superintendent.
In the police report, she said that the deputy superintendent (DSP) and his friend had separately threatened to kill her and her family for wanting him the return the money to her.
Commenting on the matter, the former law minister, Zaid Ibrahim expressed that he is surprised of the current situation in Malaysia.
“First we heard of MPs and politicians for sale and now police ranks?” he said in an interview with Malaysiakini.
Meanwhile, DAP Member of Parliament (MP), Charles Santiago said that if the allegations were proven to be true, the level of corruption in Malaysia is at the next level.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Zaid said he recalled the former Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador’s statement on corruption and misconduct in the team, just a few weeks before he retire.
In the statement, Hamid had pointed out a few officers from the Department of Integrity and Standards Compliance (JIPS), which he claimed to have close the cases.
In the latest political developments, Zaid then said that the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob must carry out reforms to combat corruption within the police force.
“It is even better if a minister is appointed for the job. Get someone who can at least try and clean up the police force. How much worse should it be before the government takes action?” he said.
Meanwhile, Charles said the allegations that death threats were made by the senior police officers will further erode the public’s confidence in the police force.
He urge for a major reshuffle of police personnel and at the same time, he stressed on the importance of creating a monitoring mechanism on the police force.
“We need the to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) without further delay and not another improved version of it.”
“The Prime Minister had promised to carry out the reforms and so on, so I urge him to immediately consider assembling a group of experts to form the IPCMC.” he said.
There were several NGOs who had voiced their opinion on the Independent Commission on Political Conduct (IPCC) bill, claiming the IPCC bill is much weaker compared to its predecessor, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).
The IPCMC was proposed by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to strengthen the integrity in operations and management of the PDRM in 2005.