'Cops take bribes to live good life': Malaysia home ministry

'Cops take bribes to live good life': Malaysia home ministry
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Some men in blue take bribes to feed their taste for branded and luxury goods and not because of low wages, says the Home Ministry.

It said this was among the main factors that led to cases of corruption and abuse of power involving members of the police force.

"Some of them have the tendency to live beyond their means," it said in a written reply to a question from Datuk Raime Unggi (BN-Tenom).

Raime wanted the ministry to state its plan for the review of wage and welfare scheme for the police force to curb corruption among its ranks.

According to the ministry, the involvement of police officers in bribery and abuse of power were mostly motivated by the desire to live luxuriously beyond their means such as buying high-end cars, clothes and expensive home furniture.

It cited statistics issued by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, which stated that only 0.15 per cent (187 cases) of the entire police force was involved in corrupt acts last year.

It said the police force had submitted va­­rious proposals to it to help ease the increa­sing living costs of police officers, among which was an increase in various allowances.

It said the police had also proposed that the Government introduces 13 different allowances for the force.

Apart from that, the ministry said it was constantly making plans to provide housing facilities, ensure comfort in the workplace and review existing allowan­ces for police personnel.

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