DENGKIL — May 22, 2017: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is conducting a major internal reshuffle but has not announced details to avert public misconception.
In confirming this today, Deputy Prime Minister/Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, said he welcomed the steps taken to rectify the force from within.
“We are carrying out an internal reshuffle and it is on a major scale,” he said after attending a luncheon at the Bukit Dugang Orang Asli settlement here.
On May 15, PDRM announced that it would carry out a major reshuffle in the narcotics criminal investigation department at Bukit Aman (federal police headquarters) following the arrests of 16 policemen, among them senior officers, on suspicion of protecting drug syndicates.
Zahid said that he appreciated the monitoring of PDRM and the ministry by external agencies but added that the excessive publicity would give a negative perception of the enforcement agency.
He expressed the commitment of the ministry and the police to carry out reforms and listen to the pulse and grievances of the people.
“We also follow the comments of Netizens on the measures taken by the police.
“Place your trust in me and the police top leadership to do good for the people and country,” he said.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, who was also present at the event, said the police was considering firm implementation of a three-year transfer policy with regard to sensitive posts.
At another event in Kuala Lumpur, Zahid said he has directed an investigation over allegations that the police, especially at the district level, are forced to seek side incomes for their higher-ups.
The order was given to the integrity and compliance department and the special branch.
“They could have told the truth if they did not have the financial resources, they should not use stupid excuses to defend themselves,” he said at the closing of the ministry’s media tour.
An English language newspaper today reported the alleged practice of seeking side income was done by policemen because their superior officers had sought sponsorship from them.
Zahid said later that the allegation of corrupt practices among policemen must be eradicated to correct the negative perception by society towards PDRM.
He will also discuss with other ministries to clean up enforcement agencies from corrupt practices.
“The trust of the people in enforcement agencies must be restored… a few black sheep who destroy the image of the majority must be done away with.”
A total of 84 media practitioners in 21 vehicles took part in a KDN media treasure hunt aimed at introducing policies, functions and roles of the ministry to the public, other than firming up ties with the media. — Bernama