Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Exit Beckons Sarawak Police Commissioner?

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan Tuesday hinted that he will make several changes to 'overcome weaknesses' in the enforcement of criminal law in Sarawak. The objective is to reduce various crimes but he refused to elaborate.

"It's a working visit," he said when approached by reporters after attending a four-hour briefing at the state Police Headquarters here.

"I want to see what are the problems here. I will improve things here," he said and immediately went to the police's air wing base to board a helicopter to fly to Sibu and meet Sibu OCPD ACP Nicholas Sebastian.

Present at the briefing here were Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Talib Jamal and all department heads.

When asked whether the changes were due to criticisms by Bintulu Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing in the Dewan Rakyat last week, Musa said: "I'm not going to comment on that."

Last Thursday, Tiong urged for Talib to be immediately transferred out of Sarawak for failing to clamp down on secret society activities in the state, resulting in thugs becoming so powerful in Sibu and able to determine the price of daily necessities. (Bernama)

***** I like the speed at which this IGP works. Indeed he should be emulated by senior civil servants nationwide, including the adverse publicity fearing Chief Secretary to the Government. Logically speaking no responsible Member of Parliament is going to put his reputation and wellbeing on the line, by publicly accusing of inefficiency and demanding the transfer of a Police Commissioner without adequate reason and proof. He must have put up with a lot of crap by the top state cop and probably reached a point where he must have felt "enough is enough."

It doesn't mean that just because you are the state CPO or for that matter the DG of the ACA you are above the law or should be treated in a less strict manner. In fact the reverse should be the case and every law enforcement officer who shirks his duty, or worse, participates, tolerates or encourages crime should be subject to the harshest of punishment if found guilty. That is the only way to maintain a civil, peaceful and hopefully crime-free environment.

So let the investigations begin and if the police commissioner is found wanting, kick his butt back to a desk job at Bukit Aman. He doesn't have to worry, for he'll be in good company there.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you say that "I like the speed in which the IGP works..."

It's embarrassing enough for the MP to bring this to his attention in the parliament. The IGP should be more than ashamed that he didn't know of this before. What he is doing is just damage control. He's shown gross incompetence because he even know what his men were doing.

2:07 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IGP cannot be everywhere in Malaysia. He will have to depend on his men to be the eyes and ears but what if some of them, at high levels, are corrupt. There are politicians too who associate with this gangsters. I am from Sibu and I know what I am talking about. We are grateful that the IGP has flown over immediately to see things for himself. Corruption is eating into the fabric of our society and roque police officers are giving the police force a bad name. The ball is in the Prime Minister's court to form an Independent Commission against corruption modelled on the ICAC of Hong Kong. We too can learn from Singapore, our neighbour.

5:09 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes agreed. But the IGP wasn't promoted to become the IGP from nobody. He was promoted through the ranks - Deputy IGP etc. Surely he has some inclination of the the troubles in Sibu before he became IGP and if he was competent enough, he wouldn't have needed the MP to bring it up in Parliament.

6:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MP for Sibu said in the NST that the gangsterism situation is under control. But he and his wife were seen with the notorious gangster who has been arrested in a photograph in the newspapers in January. It is an open secret in Sibu their close ties. Some gangsters are well connected like the mafia nowadays whether with roque elements of the police or community leaders. That's why the MP for Bintulu has to come to our rescue. He is our hero. Sarawak's hero infact as nearly all other politicians whether BN or DAP have remained silent. Why the silence that's the question.

6:37 AM GMT+8  

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