Lets fix the problem with the police

So much effort, public time, public money, newspaper ink, ministers’ time spent on an issue that shouldn’t have been an issue in the first place! Its disgusting. There is a ton of things wrong with Malaysia that need fixing, and the fixing can only be done by our elected reps. But if our reps’ time is being spent on things like this, then their time on other, critical matters is less. Simple logic.
Decisive action needs to be taken this time to end the charade our society has with the police — the controversy with the Chinese nationals is just the latest of a string of incidents that span many, many years.
My suggestions:
1. Let the top heads roll: in any organization, when the juniors mess up, the seniors must take responsibility for the actions of those under his command. Corruption, abuse of power and everything else thats wrong with the police is a cultural issue within the police organization. Leaders are responsible for that culture and it is them who should go if that culture gets out of hand.
2. Here’s a radical thought: police are corrupt because:
a. Too much power is placed at their disposal — remove some of that power through legislation such as a Whistle Blower’s Act, or make the police department subject to fast-tracked civil litigation. Steps like these will make them much more careful.
In developed nations, the police are regularly sued even by CONVICTED CRIMINALS for mishandling, abuse or for putting the handcuffs on too tight. The laws of Malaysia can be re-jigged slightly to allow for cases involving national authorities such as the police (or even Parliamentarians) to be fast-tracked in the courts. This means swift justice and compensation for wrongs committed.
b. Increase the average policeman’s pay. Make it worth their while to be honest. Hire well-educated, well-qualified people into the police force. Make it so that being a policeman is a respected, desirable position. You may be surprised to find that this may make them much less susceptible to bribery and corruption.
Honestly, i see none of these things being done in the resolution of the case involving the Chinese nationals. Nothing lasting was done before, and there is very little to suggest that anything more will be done this time (i.e. i’ve heard and read next to nothing about any proposed solutions to handle the root of the problem). A band-aid fix will be applied, it’ll stop the rot for a moment, then it’ll be business as usual once more. Our MPs like Teresa Kok, our Ministers like Nazri Abdul Aziz — they have a chance here to do something right here. Though i think, ultimately, nothing meaningful will be done, i hope they will make the effort to prove me wrong.


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