KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will be launching its Anti-Corruption Action Plan tomorrow as an effort to fight corruption among its workforce in a sterner manner.
Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) director, Datuk Zamri Yahya said the plan would be the blueprint for this law-enforcement agency in combating corruption for the next four years until 2024.
He said besides the anti-corruption aspect, the plan touched a lot on governance so that PDRM could be managed well for the best possible work performance and services rendered.
“Drawing up of this plan began in 2018 when the government wanted all departments to each have an anti-corruption plan in line with the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023,” he told Bernama during a special interview in conjunction with launching of the PDRM Anti-Corruption Action Plan in Bukit Aman tomorrow.
The launch will be broadcast live on PDRM’s Facebook at 10 am and it is expected to be officiated by the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
Zamri said the plan was drawn up through consultations with the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC), Prime Minister’s Department and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which studied all the suggestions, findings and resolutions to wipe out corruption and ensure good governance in PDRM.
“All the departments in PDRM were involved in raising the issues involved and making proposals for improvement in various matters and we can see these in the plan,” he added.
Zamri said the plan had six main thrusts, namely governance; security intelligence; law enforcement; investigation and prosecution; public order; and financial management and procurement.
“All these six thrusts will be turned into initiatives to be implemented through the directors of the respective departments in PDRM,” he added.
He also said that a committee would be formed to assist the JIPS in monitoring the implementation of the plan to ensure its effectiveness till the end of the period.
Zamri said the menace of corruption among PDRM’s workforce was an ongoing and worrying one despite the actions taken against those involved since a long time ago as the bribes offered were getting bigger.
“For example, when I started serving (the police force) 34 years ago, there was gambling such as four-digit forecast betting but now I see a lot of illegal online gambling (operators) offering larger amounts of bribe to those without integrity,” he added.
He said according to statistics since five years ago, over 6,000 PDRM personnel faced action for involving in various forms of misconduct including corruption.
According to him, among the biggest challenges faced by JIPS in playing its role was taking action against PDRM personnel involved in crime including protecting certain crime syndicates.
“They were colluding with the crime syndicates by not taking action after receiving the bribes although reports were made on these syndicates,” he said.