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Exorcising the Ghost of Corruption

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A news report on 11 June suggested that a purge could be in the offing of several senior police officers, including Inspector General of Police Mohd Fuzi Harun and the disbanding of three special task forces, ie Stagg, Stafoc and Sting, which were set up during the tenure of the former police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.

The roles and responsibilities of the three special task forces were previously the functions of the Criminal Investigation Department of the police force.

Prior to the news of the purge, criticism towards some of the senior officers in the police force and the alleged corruption had gone viral. As much as Patriot would like to see the image of the police force as a whole held in high esteem and respected by the public, it is undeniable that the image is far from impressive because of a minority of personnel.

Fuzi’s statement that “Jho Low tiada kaitan dengan 1MDB” was in direct conflict of the court of public opinion and probably led to his plight today. This is a reminder to all those in high places that dereliction of duty, when the people put trust and hope on them, does not pay.

There have been several cases of unresolved deaths in police custody, where the cause of death remains a mystery. There was the bribery case involving several police officers with an individual by the name of Gopi in Malacca that has remained unsolved to this day. Even Khalid’s family members reportedly knew who Gopi was, and were said to be in communication with Gopi in the past.

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Patriot takes the stand that the only way to reform a corrupt organisation is to purge all those who are known to have been involved with corruption, irrespective of their position and status. They are obstacles to reform. With clean and principled leaders of the police force, slowly and surely respect will be redeemed.

Patriot supports the commitment by Ambrin Buang and his committee of administrative, procurement and finance to cleanse the country from corruption cases plaguing it for so long. There are possible Pandora’s boxes to be opened when investigating the defence ministry, other ministries and government agencies.

The Ghost of Decadence and Corruptible Acts, rotting to the core, a shameful legacy of the past administration, must be fully exorcised.

BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd) is president of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan

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