Sabah and Sarawak not 'rubbish bins' for civil servants, MP says after errant cops transfer

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Sabah and Sarawak should not be treated as "rubbish bins" to dump government officers with integrity issues, Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming told Parliament today after MPs highlighted the transfer of several police officers accused of extortion to East Malaysia.

Nga, Sepanggar MP Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman and Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin expressed their concern about the government's handling of such officers, disagreeing with the transfer to their states.

"Speaker, Sabah and Sarawak are not rubbish bins. Officers who are corrupt, abuse powers, all of them cannot just be transferred to Sabah and Sarawak. Rightfully, disciplinary action must be taken to safeguard the integrity of our civil service and the minister must come to Parliament to provide an explanation," Nga said.

"As an addition Speaker, because this too went viral. Recently, on the same day, it was reported also that there are problematic police officers, who extorted, were attempted to be sent to Sabah and Sarawak. So this too, we ask that the government explain, as to why such a thing is done, especially in the context of Sabah and Sarawak," Azis said.

"Speaker, I also want to join in. The Sabah state government also views seriously, the transfer matters of police officers who are undisciplined to Sabah. It cannot happen and we cannot accept it," Bung said.

Recently, Selangor deputy police chief deputy commissioner Datuk S. Sasikala Devi reportedly said that the nine officers under investigation for their involvement in an extortion case in Gombak, would be transferred to several police stations and divisions in Sabah and Sarawak.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani has earlier said the police are reviewing their plan to transfer to Sarawak nine officers who under investigation for alleged extortion.

The trio raised the matter after Pulai MP Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub had initially raised another issue with regards to the kerfuffle between the Immigration Department and the Public Service Department (PSD) which traded barbs yesterday, over the alleged dressing down by the PSD director-general towards a senior immigration officer.

The incident was reported to have taken place at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday, whereby the DG was accused of uttering abusive words towards the officer who was on duty.

National news agency Bernama reported the PSD rubbishing allegation as baseless and malicious, and intended to tarnish the DG's image as a high-ranking government officer.

According to a statement by the Peninsular Malaysia Immigration Service Union yesterday, the DG had berated the officer at the airport and the incident happened after no immigration officers were assigned to the KLIA VIP lounge.

The union said that the officer, who is the KLIA immigration operations head, was summoned, berated, screamed at and ordered to "stand straight" in front of people, by the DG who was not named.