The heading of a news item in the New Straits Times of 18-1-2017 read “Seven cops among eight syndicate members nabbed in Kedah major drug bust”.
Now, how’s that about public perception of the police, of the law keepers, of those on whom the public depends to provide assistance and protection?
How’s that about the IGP and others quickly jumping to the defence of police personnel about whom members of the public complain, of police excesses over persons detained in police lock-ups?
When the authorities are so defensive of the policemen (mind you, not all policemen) who are said to have overstepped their duties, this is the result. The black sheep in the flock take advantage of such protection which is publicly given almost immediately after some complaint is made and before any “investigations” can possibly be carried out. In layman’s language, this is called giving face or ‘beri muka’.
The denials by the authorities about abuses of power and authority by the law keepers are meant to create a psychological perception among the public that the law keepers are very clean, very disciplined, people. The denials are also meant to “prevent demoralisation” of all in the departments concerned.
Which psychologists or experts advised the top leaders to use the system of instant denials as a form of preserving the clean, efficient, etc. image of the departments that the public complain about?
Denials are lies. You can’t keep burying one lie with another on and on. A time comes when the dirt starts spilling over. Well, a lot of dirt is spilling over these days.
The NST report lamented: ”However, the success was marred by the fact seven out of the eight drug trafficking syndicate members are policemen, including an Assistant Superintendent (ASP) attached to the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department.”
You shall reap what you sow. The police top brass has been sowing the seeds of indiscipline in the force and today it is reaping the harvest. Nobody other than the police themselves are to blame for this disgraceful state of affairs, where even a high ranking officer, and of all things attached to the Criminal Investigations Department at the police’s national headquarters, was himself involved in criminal activities!
The situation is similar to parents who protect their bullying children and give them face, only turning them into bigger bullies and even criminals.
What kind of psychology is it to openly and quickly jump to the defence of law enforcement officers about whom the public makes any complaints? It is most damaging in the long run.
Now how is the police going to re-discipline the police force? Please don’t tell us this is an isolated case.