Wednesday July 11, 2012
Sultan urges police to maintain high-class image
By MANJIT KAUR
Photos by RONNIE CHIN
THE police must possess a first class image in order to be honoured and respected by the people, said Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah.
Stressing that a clean image would deter unscrupulous people from offering bribes to the men in blue, he added that the force should not fall to the level of the police of third world countries.
“Bribery, oppressing the weak, and closing an eye to offences carried by the elite community is some of the negative images that the police of third world countries are branded with.
“Therefore the Malaysian police must maintain its professionalism and loyalty to ensure the enforcement of law applies to all levels of society,” he said in his speech before opening the new Taiping district police head quarters building on Monday.
Also present were Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Bainun, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
Sultan Azlan said if prejudice was practiced when enforcing laws it could lead to the increase in crimes such as robberies, prostitution, smuggling, gambling, snatch theft and bribery.
“The trust among the people towards the police force will drop which could affect the leaders and the government overall.
“It is no point having reports and figures that satisfies only the government, when in reality the crime rate is at a worrying trend,” he added.
Earlier during his speech Ismail said the Global Peace Index report had ranked Malaysia as the safest place in South-East Asia, the fourth safest in Asia and 19th worldwide last year from a total of 152 countries.
However, this year Malaysia fell to the 20th placing.
“But the position in South-East Asia and Asia has not changed, and we are still ahead of other developed countries such as Britain, Australia and Singapore,” he added.
On the opening of the new district police headquarters, Ismail said the cost of construction of the five-storey administrative building and 318 units of police barrack was RM88.5mil.