I cannot help but chuckle when I read this story on The Star Online yesterday. It's about one supposedly dirty cop making a report on another allegedly dirty cop. I sure hope the cop who'll be in charge of the investigation is a clean guy, otherwise...
Friday July 11, 2008
Cops vs cops in Gemas station
By SARBAN SINGH
GEMAS: A policeman has lodged a report against all his colleagues including his superiors allegedly over dissatisfaction on how the monthly bribes from those operating illegal activities was being distributed.
In retaliation, one of his superiors, a sergeant, lodged another police report against the policeman, a lance corporal, for allegedly selling station property to scrap dealer.
A source said the lance corporal, in his 40s, was dissatisfied with his superiors for allegedly taking the lion’s share of the bribes while the rank and file received very little...
Read the full report --> here.
So it seems that there is such a thing as a common pool of the monthly bribes collected by the police. Presumably the higher your rank, the bigger share you get. If this thing happens at the district level, dare I assume that it can happen at state level as well? If it doesn't, then perhaps it becomes an incentive for OCPDs in the `poorer' districts to get promoted fast so they can be in charge of the `richer' districts.
I would think this piece of news is quite damaging to the reputation of the Royal Malaysian Police but surprisingly there is no statement yet from the top guns regarding this report.
Read the Navel Gazing blog's take on this same subject --> here.
On a related note, I've observed that the subject of police corruption is never potrayed in any of our local dramas or movies. I cannot recall any story or even a single scene about a cop on the take. Seems like a real taboo subject to our local drama or movie producers. Contrast this to the movies from Hollywood or even Hongkong. So why is that? I'm not sure too... but I guess it just shows that our society still does not have the maturity to have a realistic look at topics like this.
As with everything else, there are good cops and there are bad cops. But it is the duty of the good ones to get rid of the bad. If the cops don't make the effort to clean their own house, who else can?