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Home minister promises action after MACC chief shares complaints against police

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has acknowledged that there has been inaction on alleged misconduct complaints filed against the police as disclosed earlier today by the head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Saifuddin Nasution said it is his ministry’s stance to “accept the facts”, in response to MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki’s disclosure that the police formed the bulk of the most misconduct complaints out law enforcers with 125 out of 553.

“Of course the first thing we must do is there can be no denial syndrome and accept the findings of the statistic as it is.

“Secondly, we must take responsive measures by taking several remedial steps to further resolve or improve the issue to not exacerbate the matter further,” he told reporters at the police Aidilfitri open house here.

In a news report published this morning, Azam told New Straits Times that at least 500 reports of alleged misconduct the MACC made to several government agency heads of department were not attended to, adding that the issue was a decades-old one.

Saifuddin Nasution said immediate measures would be taken by the Integrity and Standards Compliance Department, even if the misconduct allegations are said to affect only a small part of the 120,000-strong police force.

He said the misconduct complaints should not discourage police staff but should be seen constructively as an opportunity to improve and transform the agency into a trusted public institution.