Officers and staff involved in crime will be removed, says Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

SHAH ALAM: The Home Ministry is to undertake a thorough clean-up to rid the agencies under its jurisdiction of officers and staff involved in crime, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said the clean-up would be carried out all the time and would not be seasonal.

“We must be on the alert because there are among us those who have bad traits, which can ‘spoil the barrel’.

“I do not want such a situation to happen in any enforcement agency under the Home Ministry and other ministries as well,” he said at a press conference after a meeting with the staff and students of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) here.

Ahmad Zahid said the developments were being monitored by Prime Minister Najib Razak through the information provided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and other agencies.

He also said that the Home Ministry would not protect any officer or staff of enforcement agencies who were in cahoots with crime syndicates.

“My colleagues and I in the Home Ministry are of the opinion that we should not feel ashamed if there are among us people associated with crime in the enforcement agencies. They will surely not get any protection from us. This is something that I want to emphasise,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid was commenting on the arrests of several senior police officers and personnel on suspicion of having been involved in a protection money racket.

No excuse to flout law

Ahmad Zahid also said that there was no excuse for law enforcement officers to flout the law.

“Even if they claim to be duped, used or forced into doing it, there is no excuse,” he said.

“Police are always consistent in handling issues where ‘harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi (trust is betrayed)’.

“When they (policemen) provide inside information to others (crime syndicates), cooperate with them and even accept extraordinary income, we sniff this out,” he said.

He said information on police operations should not have been leaked to syndicates.

“I met with up with the Melaka police chief and have given him an endorsement to oversee the matter,” he said.