KUALA LUMPUR: Low pay is not the main reason of corruption and abuse of power among some members of the police force, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Parliament today.
The minister said many corruption cases happened because of strong desires for luxurious lifestyles .
“Low salary is not the sole factor in police officers’ involvement in activities that lack integrity, such as corruption and abuse of power.
“The involvement of a small number of them were motivated by personal pressure such as wanting to have a luxury living, spending beyond their means such as purchasing cars, clothes and home furnishings and so on.
“Statistics on the involvement of police personnel in corrupted practices in 2016 released by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is 187 cases or 0.15 per cent of the total police force,” he said
The ministry was responding to a question by Tenom Member of Parliament Datuk Raime Unggi who asked Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to review the wage scheme for police officers as a way to combat corruption and abuse of power in the force, reported NST.
“The government has taken the initiative to improve the wage system, especially for the armed forces and police, by introducing the Sistem Saraan Transformasi, effective January 1, 2013, where the wage grade for the armed forces and police is uniform and compatible with that of other civil service officers,” said Zahid.
The ministry also said that on top of reviewing their allowance, the ministry constantly made arrangements to provide housing and comfortable workplace conditions for police officers..