IGP Should Improve Police PR.
Inter-Excel Advisory director Hilary Miranda said he and several others lodged separate police reports on Oct 12, 14 and 18 but claimed that no action had been taken. "I tried to prevent a crime by raising the alarm but police did not bother to do anything. Even on the day of the interview, I called the authorities numerous times but nothing was done," he said.
He claimed the police, the newspaper that ran the advertisement and the hotel where the interviews were held should be held accountable.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong agreed with Miranda, saying he had been told by police not to hold a Press conference as it could jeopardise investigations. He claimed the police only began investigations when the media took up the issue.
Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Ismail Omar confirmed that two men had been arrested last Friday but declined to elaborate. Investigations are under way to determine if more are involved.
**** For all the laudable efforts by the IGP to bolster the reputation of the police in the public eye, these sort of reports negate all the hard work that Musa Hassan puts in. If investigations indeed are ongoing then it is essential that the police inform the complainants to avoid the impression that the cops are sleeping over the matter and doing absolutely nothing or worse they are preventing or being prevented from investigations.
The police simply cannot take the easy way out and give the same old lame excuse, "no comments as investigations may be jeopardised." It's not as if the aggrieved party is going to advertise to the whole world all the details of these investigations. It is merely for them to know that their complaints are being looked into and some action on the matter is forthcoming. This is in fact the least the cops should do.
Perhaps the IGP should consider sending some of his men for 'hands-on' professional public relations attachments with reputed organisations. I'm sure they won't mind imparting their knowledge and experience for free if need be. The police cannot go on like the bad old days when they ruled the roost and everybody else cowered in fear at the sight of the policeman in uniform.