Malaysia to probe border corruption revelation

Malaysia to probe border corruption revelation
Rohingya migrants, who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat, queue up as they wait to have their identification recorded inside a temporary compound for refugees in Aceh Timur regency, Indonesia's Aceh Province May 21, 2015.

UBANG JAYA - Police will probe the revelation by Special Branch that more than 80 per cent of enforcement officers at the border are corrupt, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar.

"Now that this has been uncovered, swift action must be taken by Bukit Aman's Integrity and Standards Compliance Depart­ment," he said after attending an awards presentation ceremony at a hotel here yesterday.

Noting that what happened in Perlis was considered a wake-up call for all agencies involved in securing the country's border, Dr Wan Junaidi said the Home Ministry would also investigate the matter.

"Information and intelligence collected by Special Branch is not hard evidence to bring the cases to court,'' he said, adding that he had yet to verify the Special Branch report.

Dr Wan Junaidi also said the standards department (JIPS) should be isolated from the rest of the police set-up.

"JIPS officers should not be housed in the same building as those from other departments. The head of JIPS must also be the same rank as the other department directors," he said, adding that the positions in the department must be filled quickly and its officers must be well-equipped to keep themselves relevant.

Dr Wan Junaidi also suggested that each state police contingent have its own JIPS division.

"The JIPS director should be independent and only report to the Inspector-General of Police and his deputy.

"The Home Ministry is also proposing that all agencies under it set up similar integrity units," he said.

Moving officers to end the graft and human trafficking

Enforcement officers from all agencies in Perlis will have to go through a rotation system, an effort to reduce human trafficking and bribery issues, said Perlis Mentri Besar.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said he had informed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak about the plan.

Azlan said such a move was important as the state government did not want enforcement officers to become too familiar and complacent.

"I don't want to point my fingers at anyone but such issues of an enforcement officer being involved in bribery and other crimes were bound to happen," he said.

State Enforcement Committee chairman Datuk Mat Rawi Kassim said he had already discussed the matter with all state enforcement agency directors that their officers would need to go through the new system.

"We are left with no option but to resort to such action, especially with what is going on here," he said, referring to the Rohingya and mass grave, smuggling and bribery issues.

He also indicated that the rotation system would take place soon but he did not give a specific time frame.

"It will be done within the state. What we will do is maybe station an officer at different locations. For example if he is in Titi Tinggi, then he might be assigned to Bintong or Kampung Wai.

"It is time we put a stop. We cannot allow these people to be 'kings' and carry out crimes as they wish," he said when met at Dewan Warisan yesterday.

Mat Rawi said that apart from the Rohingya issue, smuggling too seemed to look like it's been "allowed" to happen.

"I don't want to start blaming any specific individual or enforcement agency but it is a known fact that it's happening and our border security is weak," he said, adding that he brought this matter up years ago but it landed on deaf ears.

In Padang Besar, a Malaysian bomb disposal squad has been deployed to ensure today's process of exhuming and bringing down the bodies from the death camps in Wang Kelian would go on smoothly.

About 200 personnel from both countries were seen preparing for today's mission, which will see the remains being transported through the Khao Heng mountain in Thailand.

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