KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 2017 : The issue of low salary among officers of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is not the main factor causing them to be involved in activities such as corruption and abuse of power, said the Home Ministry.
The ministry in a written reply to Datuk Raime Unggi (BN-Tenom), which was circulated in the Dewan Rakyat sitting today, said the involvement of a small number of them were motivated by personal pressure such as wanting to have a luxury living, spending beyond their means such as purchasing cars, clothes and home furnishings and so on, causing them to have a deficit in their expenditure.
“Statistics on the involvement of police personnel in corrupted practices in 2016 released by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is only 187 cases or 0.15 per cent of the total police force,” said KDN in the written reply.
Raime wanted to know the ministry’s efforts in reviewing the salary and welfare schemes of police personnel in order to curb corruption and abuse of power.
The ministry said the government had taken the initiative to improve the special salary system for the Malaysian Armed Forces and police force by introducing the Transformative Remuneration Scheme effective January 1, 2013.
According to the written reply, the salaries of the armed forces and police force were standardised through the initiative, making it more competitive.
“The ministry is aware and cares about the rising cost of living at present that burdens civil servants, including police personnel.
“The police force management has put forward various proposals to ease the day-to-day expenses of its personnel, including raising the allowance rates currently received or introducing the new allowance for the consideration of the authorities,” it said.
KDN said the police force had also proposed 13 types of allowance to be re-adjusted to the government in line with the current job responsibility.
Meanwhile, in Johor Baru today, three policemen claimed trial in the Sessions Court to two charges of soliciting and receiving bribes from a drug suspect.
L/Corp Azizan Mohamad, 30; L/Corp Muhammad Aiman Najmi Sahran, 26; and L/Corp Abdul Manan Abdul Satar, 33, allegedly demanded RM5,000 from the man aged 33 as an inducement to release him and another drug suspect aged 35, from detention.
The three who are based at Seri Alam District Police Headquarters motorcycle patrol unit, are accused of committing the offence in front of a bank in Jalan Masai Jaya 1, Plentong, Johor Bahru at 1 am on Oct 9, 2016.
On the second charge, they are accused of receiving RM2,250 from the same man, for the same purpose, at Jalan Teratai 18, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru, at 4.50 am on the same date.
Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir set RM10,000 as bail for each of the accused and an additional condition that they report to the MACC office on the first week of every month pending disposal of the case, as well as remention on Jan 9, 2018.
Prosecuting officer Norsyarina Raizan represented the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission while counsel Rosli Kamaruddin represented Azizan. Counsel Mohd Fazaly Ali Mohd Ghazaly represented Muhammad Aiman Najmi and Abdul Manan. – Bernama