KUALA LUMPUR - A police officer was offered a bribe of up to RM50,000 (S$19,456) but it was rejected.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar highlighted this case to drive home the point that there were men and women of honour in the force.
He said 22 people had been arrested for attempting to bribe policemen in 17 reported cases between April and September.
"Within the period, 50 policemen rejected bribes offered to them.
"We found that most of the cases involved freeing illegal immigrants," he said after presenting certificates of appreciation to 36 policemen, including two officers, at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman yesterday.
Khalid said most of the other committed offences were drugs- and traffic-related.
"We are serious when we say that we are cleaning up the force," he said.
Khalid said the police anti-graft campaign was carried out by the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department.
The 17 cases were reported in Johor (seven), Kuala Lumpur (three), Selangor (two) and one each in Pahang, Terengganu, Penang, Sarawak and the General Operation Force North Brigade in Ulu Kinta, Perak.
Last month, a Thai woman reportedly tried to bribe Asst Supt Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal to secure the release of her boyfriend from drug trafficking charges.
The 34-year-old woman offered him up to RM50,000 for the release of her 33-year-old Nigerian partner.
The woman was instantly arrested and has been handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for further action.