INSPECTOR-General Police (IGP) Tan Sri Razarudin Husain has unequivocally warned members of the police force against deviating from the established disciplinary and ethical standards.
The high-ranking official minced no words, urging those who fail to comply with the regulations to ‘berambus,’ or essentially, leave the police force.
During a special meeting at the Police College in Cheras, Razarudin noted the significance of upholding the force’s code of ethics and anti-corruption stance.
He also reminded his subordinates that they serve as members of the Royal Malaysia Police, not as if they were “police, Raja di Malaysia” (royalties in the country) when performing their duties and responsibilities.
“If you cannot adhere to our code of ethics, including the force’s anti-corruption stance, then leave.. what for remaining in the force. Unfortunately, this kind of behaviour (members of the force who failed to comply with the code of ethics in the force) still exists here.
“From now on, I want all the district police chiefs to report immediately to me on cases of their men who breached our disciplinary code. I want the report to be made to me on the spot,” he said during a special meeting with the force’s top brass, senior officers, and district police chiefs around the country.
Expressing concern over persisting instances of misconduct within the force, Razarudin called for immediate and on-the-spot reporting of such cases by district police chiefs. He stressed the need for swift and decisive action to maintain the integrity of the police force.
“We must remember that we are working for the people. However, due to one or two cases (of misconduct involving the police), we are seen as making lives difficult for the people,” he remarked without specifying the particular incidents.
Moreover, Razarudin highlighted the public’s scrutiny of the police force, urging officers to carry out their responsibilities diligently. He cautioned against any behaviour that could tarnish the reputation of the force, pointing out that citizens closely monitor police activities through various means such as mobile phones and vehicle dash cams.
“We are ‘menjaga tepi kain orang’ (loosely translated caring and looking after each other) and not ‘masuk dalam kain’ (interfering in other people’s business). This is important.
“People are closely watching us using available gadgets, whether it’s their mobile phones or the dash cams in their vehicles. Therefore, do not be so foolish. This is unlike previous years. We are ‘Polis Diraja Malaysia’ (PDRM) and not ‘police, Raja di Malaysia,'” he said.
The clip of his speech during the special meeting, which took place at the Police College in Cheras is available on the police’s official Facebook page. – Feb 2, 2024
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