KUALA LUMPUR — July 7, 2017: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has conceded that some policemen had taken bribes from foreigners while conducting random checks.
He further remarked that the problem was not easy to control and that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had taken various steps, including action against those involved.
“For example, among them, is a report published by a local Chinese daily that a police patrol car made random checks on foreigners in Semenyih recently without the presence of a senior officer.
“PDRM had previously issued a circular to stop random checks on foreigners without the presence of senior officers,’ he said during a question-and-answer session after presenting a talk at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here today.
Khalid said the circular was issued in 2006 and clearly states that policemen cannot conduct checks individually except with the presence of a senior office in an integrated operation with other agencies.
“These are among the measures taken by PDRM to prevent police personnel from taking advantage of foreigners, especially foreign students in the country,” he said, adding that various steps would be taken to address the problem and ensure it did not continue to worsen.
When asked on the status on the threat of the ‘Ransomware Wannacry’ attack in Malaysia, Khalid said it was still under control and not as bad as in some foreign countries but the police were ready to face any possible threats.
“We need to be alert, I cannot say ‘don’t worry’, because this ransomware hacker has the ability to hack our data and system and, as such, PDRM is cooperating with Cyber Security in facing the threat,” he said.
He advised all institutions of higher learning nationwide, particularly those in charge of database and system section to have a strong Firewall network security system. — Bernama