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Police chief must be given powers to act on disciplinary cases

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Inspector General of Police Hamid Bador’s recent exposure relating to the involvement of police officers in the Macau scam and corruption has invoked numerous public responses that are mainly supportive of him, with some calling for a royal commission of inquiry to be formed.

The inspector general has repeatedly assured the public that the matter is well within his control.  

The police force has long been under public scrutiny for a number of reasons that caused the public to view the force with disdain. There has been overwhelming criticism relating to the conduct of some members of the force; some insinuating that reports made by the public do not get attended to or only receive cursory attention. 

The inspector general’s recent no-hold-barred public statements to the media about the traitorous conduct of his own officers for leaking out the planned operation to arrest Nicky Liow, reflects his frustration that his stern warnings were not heeded by a stubborn few.

Hamid was left with no choice but to openly adopt drastic and punitive action to weed out those found to have disparaged the good name of the force by being involved in criminal and unsavoury activities. 

Patriot believes the inspector general is endowed with sufficient powers to deal effectively with recalcitrant members of the force, without any need to refer to other adjunct disciplinary bodies, eg the independent police conduct commission, to adjudicate disciplinary matters affecting any member of the force.

We believe it was for this very reason that the inspector general confidently announced that the situation of all those officers arrested for being involved with the Macau scam was well within his control. 

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Patriot is of the view that matters of discipline affecting members of the force are best managed and dealt with by the inspector general in consultation with directors of the force.

The inspector general is trying hard to bring back public trust in the police force. He can only achieve this if he is given full trust to execute changes to the force by appointing officers with integrity and dignity and with an untarnished service record to key positions without any external interference.

In this regard, we urge every right-minded citizen, in particular members of the security forces who are both serving and retired, to voice their support for the inspector general in his noble effort to redeem the lost pride of the force. 

Recalcitrant and tainted officers must be given a dishonourable discharge. This is within the powers of the inspector general, and there must be no outside interference.  

Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot) 

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