Many complaints lodged over police not taking action

KUALA LUMPUR – The Department of Integrity and Compliance Standards (JIPS) of the Royal Malaysia Police received many complaints from the public on the police not discharging their responsibilities as law enforcers in the country.

Bukit Aman JIPS director Datuk Zamri Yahya said the cases that were allegedly not taken action, included against drug trafficking and gambling syndicates, despite reports lodged.

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He said there were complaints of police chiefs not taking action over reports lodged by the public and allowed the crime to happen in their respective areas.

There are claims of district police chiefs who conspired with drug trafficking and gambling syndicates, and getting rewards for that, but when we checked, no reports (on drug trafficking and illegal gambling) were lodged in the affected areas, he told Bernama.

He said the issue of misconduct and integrity among members of the police force continues to be raised by the public, despite many disciplinary action taken against the offenders since 1986.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation (JSJN) director Datuk Razarudin Husain said the department would not compromise with any officers and personnel who associate themselves with drug syndicates.

“I cannot deny that there are policemen involved in selling ketum … we have received report on this matter and the individuals concerned will be charged in court,” he said.

Drugs in lock-up

In the latest highly publicised case involving the police, nine had been arrested early this month in alleged drug trafficking activities in the Kota Tinggi district police headquarters lockup facility.

Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the nine policemen with the rank of corporal and constable were aged between 20 and 36, a local daily reported.

He said all the policemen who were detained were on duty at the lockup facility.

“The police also detained a 23-year-old woman who is the daughter of a lockup detainee known as ‘Datuk Ajim’. The woman is believed to be the drug supplier at the lockup facility.

“On November 29, police found the drugs in the lockup cell where 38.65g of syabu (crystal methamphetamine) worth RM3,865 and 42.25g of heroin worth RM2,112 including some tobacco were seized,” Ayob Khan said during a press conference at the Johor police contingent headquarters here today.

The state’s top cop said following the discovery, the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) and JIPS personnel from the state contingent conducted urine screening tests on 129 remand detainees in the lockup.

He said 22 of them were found positive for drugs, where 21 were locals and a foreigner aged between 20 and 45.

“The suspects have since been detained under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act (ADB) 1952,” he said.

Ayob Khan said out of the 22 suspects, 10 detainees were positive for methamphetamine abuse, 11 were positive for morphine and another was positive for THC which is the main component for cannabis abuse.

“We also conducted a screening test on policemen and found that the two male and a female police personnel, who were suppliers of the drug, were positive for methamphetamine abuse,” he said.

Ayob Khan also revealed that one of the drug-positive policemen had a past record in 2017 under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.