Beyond the badge: Are Malaysian cops above the law?

Letter to editor

THE recent arrest of three policemen following the circulation of a viral video showing a traffic cop allegedly soliciting and accepting RM100 from a British couple to settle a speeding violation is noteworthy.

It has also been reported that the couple may have departed Malaysia without filing a police report on the incident.

This situation brings up significant legal concerns, particularly regarding the potential difficulties in court due to the absence of a complainant and the lack of their testimony.

The investigation into these police officers should not merely conclude with a change of their work location or disciplinary actions without implementing serious consequences for their crime.

In December 2023, my assistant helped a victim of alleged police extortion file a police report. The victim claimed being coerced into paying RM10,000 by four policemen from Kepong. Following the report, four policemen were arrested and later released.

Three weeks ago, a disturbing video went viral, showing a man handcuffed to a chair and being repeatedly struck by a plainclothes policeman.

It was later revealed that the officer involved is a sergeant major from the Sri Gading police station (in Johor) who has since been transferred.

I urge the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to provide updates on the investigations into both incidents mentioned above. What is causing the delay in bringing the four policemen from Kepong and the Sri Gading sergeant major to justice?

 

Lim Lip Eng is the Kepong MP and the DAP Kuala Lumpur State Committee (2021-2024) secretary.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

 

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