The news headlines on Staronline, Friday 11 July reads " Cops vs Cops in Gemas station" and the report says " a policeman has lodged a report against all his colleagues including his superior over dissatisfaction on how the monthly bribes from those operating illegal activities was being distributed".
Gosh...what am I reading? This sounds like a third world country report, or are we still a third world country, lavishing in top class facilities? I thought the police has sorted out the bad hats, and with the anti corruption slogan pinned on their uniforms and plasted on their vehicles, gave me the impression that corruption in the force is long past. Sadly,this is not so, and I now begin to wonder, whether the practise of collecting bribes and distributing the haul among fellow policeman is common business in all stations (large and small)?
This is indeed a serious allegation and should this be true, I think the IGP (who is himself being investigated by the ACA for fabrication of evidence) will have a monumental task of cleansing the force. This reminds me of a statement made by Tun Haniff (former IGP) sometime ago, when he said that a large number of officers and the lower ranks in the force are corrupt, and this was never disputed by the leadership than.
I believe that corruption in the force is already an embedded culture; hence it cannot be eradicated at the wink of an eye. This culture must cease at the top first, with only those with a 'sparkling clean slate' be given promotion to top positions. Those found to be 'unclean' has to be weeded out, setting an example for others to see, including the lower ranks.
As an Malay and a Muslims, we are taught that corruption is sinful, and to feed one's family with ill gotten wealth is even more sinful. Yet, we still hear of corruption in the force which are predominantly Malays, and honestly, I am thoroughly shameful.
My only advise to the IGP (if I am allowed to do so) is to immerse your officers and men in deep and serious religious indoctrination. Your father is an example of a god fearing person, and you should go to him for guidance.