‘Zero tolerance’ addresses the issue of police misconduct – Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Home Affairs will not compromise on the issue of police misconduct and adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ approach in dealing with the issue.

KDN minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail hopes the public can understand that ‘zero tolerance’ means that the police’s commitment to their essential duties cannot be disputed anymore.

“If there is an incident (misconduct) like that, we have a mechanism to manage it. We have a committee under Tan Sri IGP himself and there is also a disciplinary jurisdiction under the Police Service Commission which I chair.

“So zero tolerance is our emphasis on things that have happened recently,” he said after the KDN Monthly Assembly at Kompleks Perkasa Setia, here, today.

He stated this when asked to comment on several issues of disciplinary violations involving members who have tarnished the good name of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) as a result of being caught up in corruption and misconduct.

Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said, among them, a senior police officer was arrested for being involved in a case of killing a Form Five student by car in Perak. The head of the police station was investigated for committing violence against a man in Johor and two members were arrested for being involved in the case of robbery, rape of a foreign female student in a patrol car (MPV) in Selangor.

Razarudin said, a reminder to him and the supervisors at all levels to be responsible in regulating their respective officers and members from all angles.

He explained that the PDRM will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any supervisory officer found to have failed in supervision as stipulated in Regulation 3C of the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993.

Asked if the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will revise the recruitment criteria for police members and officers in the future, Saifuddin said that the PDRM is still popular and is the choice of many.

He explained that it was proven when the new recruitment of inspectors received more than 35,000 applications even though the agency faced issues of misconduct.

“I have held a meeting with the leadership of the police force and whether it is a measure or a syllabus or selection criteria, for example the latest recruitment of inspector positions, applications are close to 35,000 to 40,000.

“The ones we want to take are very small in number. On the one hand, the story about disciplinary violations looks ugly.

“I asked the interview panel yesterday, they said that the applicants have various talents with mastery of various languages up to three and four, some are lawyers in practice, some have a professional qualification and some are in the field of data science which is an urgent need.

“This number shows the quality of applicants is very high and the issue when faced with isolated incidents of discipline requirements. There is no need for us to check the criteria where at the moment the quality of the application is very high and that is just the inspector vacancy.

“So it shows that demand on the police force is still high and trust in this institution is important and I think that with the criteria, syllabus and quality talent, we are able to reduce this problem,” he said.

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