“First we heard of MPs and politicians for sale and now police ranks?” exclaimed former law minister Zaid Ibrahim.
Similarly, DAP lawmaker Charles Santiago said the allegation, if true, exposed another level of corruption and revealed that ranks are bought and not earned.
The pair were responding to a Malaysiakini report yesterday that a senior police officer is being investigated for making a death threat against a woman.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Zaid recalled former inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador’s scathing claims of corruption and misconduct in the force just weeks before stepping down.
Hamid had also fired a salvo against the department’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) officers, whom he accused of covering up cases.
In view of the latest allegation, Zaid said Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob must initiate a total revamp of the police force.
“Better still, appoint a new home minister. Get someone who can at least try to clean up the force. How much worse must it get before the government is willing to act?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Charles said the allegation of a senior police officer issuing a death threat further undermined the public’s trust in the force.
Urging a revamp of the police force, the Klang MP underscored the importance of instituting an oversight mechanism.
“We need the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to be set up without delay and not any other watered-down version.
“The prime minister has promised wide-ranging reforms. So I urge him to immediately look into putting together a group of experts to form the IPCMC,” he added.
Yesterday, several civil society organisations voiced their objections to the toned-down Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) bill.
They pointed out that in some instances, the IPCC, which is intended to address demands for the IPCMC, is worse than its predecessor – the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).
The IPCMC was recommended in 2005 by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police.