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19 Jul 2017

new straits times 19.7.2017

Kota Kinabalu: The police force will make a corruption- free pledge with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Monday, with Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar taking the lead.

Sabah MACC director Datuk Sazali Salbi said the ceremony for pledge would be held simultaneously at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, and state police headquarters.

“The pledging and signing will be led by IGP in Bukit Aman,” he said after witnessing 130 staff member of the Sabah Farmers Organisation Authority (LPP) here taking the pledge yesterday.

LPP is the 53rd government agency in Sabah to be part of MACC’s initiative to encourage government servants to uphold integrity and avoid corruption.

In April, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman led state cabinet ministers and assistant ministers in making the same pledge.

Tawau Municipal Council recently became the first local authority to take pledge.

“Fighting corruption is not the exclusive duty of MACC.

“It should be practised by everyone as it is part of our responsibility.

“Due to the practise related to corruption and abuse power, some government allocations never reach the people.

“While at the other times, security can be compromised,” said Sazali.

LPP director Anita Misuari said the agency will not adopt a no gift policy to ensure its worker delivered their duty professionally and with integrity.

In Kuala Lumpur, Khalid warned a 43-year-old man who escaped police custody in Penang on July 10 that he” does not know what lies ahead”

“ Whether he still in Malaysia or not, he is still a wanted man. We will still find him…its just a matter of time,” he said at the Kuala Lumpur police Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house.

Khalid said Malaysia was “ not too big” for police to search for the man, adding that even he had run off to another country, police could track him down through technology.

Policemen escorting man from a lock-up had lodged a report that he has escaped from their custody. However, investigation led police to arrest eight officer on suspicion that they been paid by the man to let him go.

Police also arrested civilian believed to be involved in the accident.

Khalid said all the nine individuals, aged 20 to 45, were in police custody and awaiting charges.

On another matter, Khalid denied claims that police were ignoring report lodged by the Muslims Consumers Association Of Malaysia (PPIM) against rent-to-own vehicle scheme company, AGR Cartrade.

He said police were investigating the allegedly unauthorised business, adding that PPIM members were also being investigated following reports lodged against them.

Last week, a video showing PPIM member forcing their way into a private warehouse in Kajang, Selangor, to remove 40 cars emerged on social media.

It was reported that the “operation” was carried out by PPIM’s “Special Action Unit” director Yusuf Azmi along with 10 members accompanied by 30 alleged victim of the company.

“ As a non-governmental organisation, they were not supposed to do that as it is beyond their jurisdiction. They have to obey the law just like everyone else,” said Khalid.

He said no one was above the law, be it those in police force or civilian, and police would take action against who broke the law.