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Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 23:59  Comments (5)  

Respect the professionalism of the Police Force

Outgoing Inspector General of the Police Tan Sri Musa Hj Hassan fearlessly admitted that his frustration being the Top Cop is the interference of the “Third Party”, on his work carrying out duties. He was speaking for the Royal Malaysian Police (Police Force), an agency that he served with dedication for 41 years.

The Star reported this two days ago:

Tuesday September 7, 2010

IGP speaks out against third party interference

By ANDREW SAGAYAM
saggy@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Outgoing Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has spoken out against what he described as excessive interference by “third parties” in police work, naming the Home Ministry as among them.

“All kinds of people interfere. People from the ministry itself, outsiders and people with vested interest who want to do things that are not right,” he added.

Musa, who will be retiring on Sept 12, said this at his final press conference at Bukit Aman here yesterday.

“The ministry I mentioned is the Home Ministry, of course. Other ministries cannot give me orders. No outsiders should dictate what police officers should and should not do,” he said.

On his retirement, Musa said he was happy to leave the police force after 41 years of service.

“I love my job, I love the police force and I achieved all that I hoped for. Now it’s time for me to spend (my days) with my grandchildren.

“I have been working very hard and only took leave when I was ill. It’s time for me to rest and be with my family,” he said.

Musa thanked Malaysians for cooperating with the police and hoped the cooperation would continue with his successor Tan Sri Ismail Omar.

“Without the public’s assistance in giving us information on criminal activities, the force would not be able to nab the culprits and lower the nationwide crime rate,” he said.

Musa stressed that the force needed to look after the country and gain the people’s trust.

“I also hope the five-year plan I initiated in 2007 to promote integrity, enhance service delivery and reduce crime rate will show the expected results,” he added.

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It was believed that Musa was talking about the Home Ministry. The Police Force is one of the agencies reporting to the Home Ministry.

This claim was however refutted by the Home Ministry Secretary General Dato’ Seri Mahmood Adam:

Published: Wednesday September 8, 2010 MYT 2:45:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday September 8, 2010 MYT 4:29:13 PM

Home Ministry sec-gen: No meddling in police work

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Ministry secretary general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam has denied claims of third party interference in the police force, saying the force had always managed its own duties and responsibilities.

“Sometimes, certain proposals by the police are not fully considered due to government policies or other restrictions like financial reasons and other regulations.

“This should not be misinterpreted as interference,” he said on Wednesday when commenting on outgoing IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan’s statement of outside interference in police work.

From left: Musa, Mahmood and Ismail at the handing over of duties of the IGP at Bukit Aman

He earlier witnessed the handing over of duties between Musa and new IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar at Bukit Aman. Musa retires on Sept 12.

Musa said that Ismail should be given the free hand to carry out his duties. He added that this would allow officers to be professional and carry out their duties independently.

“The police force should be allowed to carry out its duties”

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Probably it was no formal  directive from the Home Ministry on how the Police Force carry out the duties policing and enforcing the law to the nation. However the Home Ministry is run by politicians and they pander to ‘demands’ of public.

This is probably true. Home Minister Dato Seri Hishamuddin Hussein seems to be trying to the be ‘popular’, instead ‘doing the right thing’.  Case in point is the ‘Keris’ episode *. This pander to the popularity of the rakyat is not the best translation of “Mesra, cepat dan betul“. Then again Home Minister Hishamuddin is known for his “warnings” (amaran) and “stern warnings” (amaran keras) instead taking decisive and stern actions. Another case in point is how Harakah license was renewed:

KDN perbaharui permit penerbitan Harakah dengan amaran keras

The cow head issue is a bad example of Home Minister Hishamuddin’s indecisiveness.

Cow head: Home Minister issued a stern warning

And of course there are many more.

However Musa’s allegations against the “Third Party interference into the Police Force management of crime and operations” is not without proofs.

The Sun reported this

Hishamuddin: Police will be transparent and thorough

PETALING JAYA (July 21, 2009) : The Home Ministry has instructed the police to be transparent and thorough in their investigations into the death of political secretary Teoh Beng Hock at Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam last week.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, said today that looking at the progress of the investigations, he was confident the police were doing well in solving the case.

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Hishamuddin  takes a closer look at one of the patrol cars which will be
used by personnel of the new police station at Ara Damansara.

“The probe must be done fairly and professionally. The police have taken my instructions very seriously. The public wants to know the truth and if the outcome is not up to their expectations, we will be answerable. If there are still doubts in the findings then we will have to look at other ways to explain it. I give my assurance that we will thorough in our probe. I hope the incident is not twisted by certain irresponsible quarters,” he said.

Another seven people were questioned by police over the case today.Teoh’s boss, Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, and Kajang municipal councillor Tan Boon Hwa, who had their statements recorded, were the latest addition to the list of witnesses called up, bringing the total to 42. Among the witnesses were 25 Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) personnel.

Teoh was found on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam on Thursday afternoon. He had earlier been questioned for nearly 11 hours as a witness to an allocations misappropriation case at the Selangor MACC office on the 14th floor.

Hishammuddin spoke at a press conference after opening the Ara Damansara police station built by Sime Darby Bhd and launching a “safe city initiatives” programme organised by the company.

On the war against the Along, he said he had directed the state police chiefs and OCPDs to investigate loansharks who paste their contact numbers on lamp-posts, post boxes and other public areas.

“I have told the police to call these phone numbers and hunt down these Along. Even the newspapers who carry advertisements for these loansharks are responsible for promoting their activities,” he said.

He said he had also ordered the police to use anti-money laundering laws to freeze the assets of the loansharks.

“I want the police to freeze the bank accounts and ownership of houses or other assets belonging to these Along. We are serious and let this be a warning to them,” Hishammuddin said.

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That statement shows that Home Minister Hishamuddin admitted he issued directives to the CPOs and OCPDs.

The “Thirteen Million Ringgit Questions”:

1. Isn’t that the Home Minister interfering into Police work?

2. Aren’t directives supposed to come from the Police Force hierrachy; i.e. the IGP instead of the Home Minister?

3. Does that statement explains that the Police Force (at operational level) receive ‘directives’ from the Home Minister?

4. What if these Police Officers did not follow these directives, will they be reprimanded?

That statement inadvertently not good for the Police Force’s image. There is a chain of command in the Police Force. The Home Minister supposed to be the head of policy making in the Home Ministry. Means that he sets the strategic direction to the Police Force. That will then be translated by the IGP to his officers and men and women at the operational level.

This is also about accountability. The IGP is accountable for the Police Force. What will happen if the Home Minister starts to dictate the operations of the Police Force, at the State Contigent or District level? Will the OCPD, CPO, Directors of Divisions and IGP be accountable on ‘directives’ that comes from the Home Minister?

The Police Force is supposed to be professional in carrying out their duties in policing and enforcing the law. They must not and should not ever be seen as an ‘extended arm’ of the political masters. The Police Force in return must be accountable in the decisions taken on managing the law enforcement work, as per provided under the Police Act, which was enacted in 1967.

The IGP also complained about “positions not being filled”. This means that there are a lot of operational posts left void. It is probably as a result of Police Commission did not sit for a long time. The Police Commission is the body supposed to make recommendations for promotion of Police Officers. The Home Minister chairs the Police Commission.

Has there been any sitting of the Police Commission since Home Minister Hishamuddin assumed office April last year? If there had not been any, then it is a very long period of hiatus.

The alleviation of Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and promotion of Director of Public Security Dato’ Hussin Ismail filling the void left by Ismail was not formally informed to Musa, whose contract ended on 12 September 2010. This cordial practice is damning to the professionalism of the Police Force.

The Police Force is a professional body and should be treated as such. It is the oldest Federal Government agency.  If the public expect integrity, then the Police Force must be allowed independence in their work. They already have enough laws under the Federal Constitution to carry out their duties, which include the dreaded but democratically enacted and time again proven to be very important tool for the defense of the realm, the Internal Security Act.

Probably Musa’s revelation is the best opportunity for the Home Minister to be the person who brings the internal security and law enforcement issues to Cabinet and answer in Parliament to do and concentrate on his work, instead of ‘playing who is the Boss’. There is already a suggestion of the integration of information by the various agencies involved in the security of the nation and Home Ministry is deemed the best champion for this. This is also not without getting more resources from the Federal Government for the 103, 000 odd personnel Police Force to do policing work, combat crime and enforce law. Despite the odds of 1 policeman/woman per 280 residents and 1 policeman/woman per 20 illegal immigrants, the NKRA on crime already demonstrated success and encouraging results.

There are better examples of how Home Ministry complemented the Police Force. Home Minister Hishamuddin should emulate previous personalities such as Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who gave the Police Force latitude to professionally deliver what was expected of them.

The motto, “Bersedia, Berkhidmat“, introduced by Police Commissioner Arthur E. Young on 15 December 1952 says it all.

*Home Minister Hishamuddin is the UMNO Leader who ‘apologized’ for raising the keris in an UMNO Youth  Annual General Meeting, which he should not.

Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 01:17  Comments (5)