Kuala Lumpur—On June 3, Monday, Malaysia’s newly installed Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador called the collection of money for Hari Raya parties “a despicable act” and warned officers who persist in doing this that there would be consequences for their actions.He had issued a warning in the past but was still hearing news that the errant practice was ongoing, and this compelled him to warn the officers yet again.
Furthermore, he said that officers who ignored his directive would receive an immediate transfer, among other disciplinary measures.
At a press conference, Mr Abdul Hamid announced,
“I had already issued a warning previously but I have gotten complaints by some men on the ground that it is still going on.
I will not tolerate this.”
The Inspector-General made his strong stance against misconduct and graft amongst the police early on. He said that he will get rid of corruption among Malaysia’s police officers and he has told the members of the force that they have to break connections with vice and gambling syndicates.
On June 3 he issued a memo to the police regarding soliciting donations for Hari Raya from companies and individuals. He told them not to “pawn their dignity and that of the police force.”
Mr Abdul Hamid said, “I am repeating my warning that this despicable act must stop immediately before action is taken against those involved.”
He added that there are certain district chiefs who have directed the men and women under them to solicit funds for Hari Raya activities. Some, the Inspector-General said, have even said that these donations would go to zakat (tithe).
The Inspector-General told members of Malaysian media about one officer from Kuala Lumpur who is currently under investigation due to soliciting donations for Hari Raya open houses.
He said, “Yes, it happened. I will take action. It is a disgrace to the force. The money comes from the public, more shameful when it comes from illegal means.”
Mr Abdul Hamid added that hosting a Hari Raya celebration is not needed if there are officers who are unable to pay for it, “especially when the funds collected are from unscrupulous sources,” he emphasised.
“Do not seek funds from companies or individuals. I have made it clear that this has to stop,” the Inspector-General said.
Earlier that day Mr Abdul Hamid had given out road safety brochures to drivers at the Gombak toll plaza at the Hari Raya Op Selamat 15.
He reminded everyone of how important road safety is.“
I urge everyone on the roads to be safe and alert. Please follow all traffic laws and don’t drive if you are tired,” he said at the press conference./ TISG