PN response to police cartel 'weak', PM should speak up - Gobind

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PN response to police cartel 'weak', PM should speak up - Gobind
PN response to police cartel 'weak', PM should speak up - Gobind

The Perikatan Nasional government's response to claims of a cartel within the police has been "weak", said Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

Gobind (photo, above) noted that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also did not address the issue when he delivered a speech to police officers last Thursday where he spoke about the need for them to be well-versed and proficient in the country's laws.

"I agree with the prime minister that there is a need for police personnel to master the laws of the country to face modern challenges but shouldn't the government likewise take a tough stand on law enforcement and deal with the complaints made by the inspector-general of police if it really wants to inspire others to respect and abide by the rule of law?

"Where is that firm statement by the prime minister in support of the inspector-general of police calling for swift action against the supposed cartel and alleged corrupt practices within the police force to restore integrity and public confidence in the Royal Malaysian Police?" he said in a statement.

In an interview with Sinar Harian last week, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador claimed that a cartel of young police officers was trying to undermine him.

He did not provide details, but the interview indicated that this was to allow them to facilitate their "dirty work".

De facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan and Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin have maintained that the issue will be dealt with internally amid calls for a royal commission of inquiry.

Hamid also agreed for the matter to be dealt with internally.

However, Gobind said the PN government must assure that it will get to the bottom of the matter.

"The response of the PN government to the allegations of a cartel and corruption in the police force made by the IGP has thus far been weak and inadequate.

"The prime minister must speak up and assure us that reports will be lodged, a thorough probe launched, and appropriate action taken against those who are found to have committed any offence in that investigation," he said.