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Thread: Governance: Why men and women of the Police force fear BN?

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    Governance: Why men and women of the Police force fear BN?

    Why men and women of the force fear BN

    • Abdul Rahim Sabri
    • 9:19AM Aug 7, 2012

    The traditional support the 100,000-strong police force gives the BN during elections is due to the fear among the officers that they will be seen as derhaka (traitors) and ungrateful if they vote for the opposition.

    This, said retired Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director Fauzi Shaari, who joined PAS three months ago, arises because the men and women of the force feel bound and indebted to the government.

    "Many (police personnel) think of their salaries and allowances paid by the government. Going by such thinking, the government cannot be other than BN, which has been in power all this while," Fauzi said.

    "Due to this, those who don't vote for BN ... would be considered as ‘derhaka' or ungrateful to the government."

    The government and the political party in power, he stressed, should be kept separate. The police can indeed freely exercise their right to vote for the party of their choice.

    "The government is just a mandate holder. It must exercise its responsibilities - it must feed us and the people. The people should understand, it is not compulsory for us to always vote or support the same party.

    "We can choose any (party). It will be much better if the party leaders are good, honest, trustworthy and not corrupt.

    "So do not be afraid that we (in the police force) will be labelled as traitors if we want to support another party."
    Duty is to serve the rakyat

    Asked whether police personnel have been pressured by the government into voting for BN, Fauzi said it did not happen while he was in office, as the government did not need to do so.

    So long as the police, or other public servants for that matter, work for the government, he said, they have to obey the regulations, operational guidelines or instructions that have been set.

    If the police officers declare their political support for a certain party, they would be deemed to have broken the regulations, Fauzi said.

    "You are bound by the government, you have to obey and serve. The issue of taking sides should not happen during your service. Our duty is to serve the rakyat.

    "As a police officer, your duties include issuing summonses and making arrests. Carry out your job according to the laws.

    "We have to be fair. Do not single out a specific person. Then your salary will be halal (legal). The government gives it to you. You will also receive rewards from Allah because you are honest."

    Officers fail to understand right to choose

    Fauzi also said that some police personnel might not understand that they are free to support any political party.

    Democracy would be meaningless if members of the police force are ordered to choose only the BN as the government, he noted.
    "What is democracy? You (are supposed to) enhance democracy, which means that you should support what is correct and change what is wrong," he said.

    During his 32 years in the police force, Fauzi had held various senior posts, including that of Sarawak chief police officer (2001-03) and Selangor chief police officer (2004-2005).

    He went on to head the CID at Bukit Aman in 2005 and retired the following year.

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    Part 2: Ex-CID chief: Use SB, FRU to fight crime

    The interview by Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Abdul Rahim Sabri and Koh Jun Lin

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    Ex-CID chief: Use SB, FRU to fight crime

    • Abdul Rahim Sabri

    • 9:55AM Aug 8, 2012

    Retired Bukit Aman CID director Fauzi Shaari has advised the police force to cut back on certain departments, including the Special Branch (SB) and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), to assist the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in solving cases.

    This, said Fauzi who joined PAS in May, is because the workload of CID has ballooned and it has affected the department's efficiency in fighting crime.

    "The people responsible have to make the redeployment. As it is, the CID looks like it is unable to handle the workload because there are too many investigations (to be carried out).

    "So why can't we cut back on units such as the FRU, field and marine police," he told Malaysiakini in an interview last Friday.

    He said the FRU in particular could be downsized as they did not have to take on tasks that require them to open files, write official reports and do follow-up investigations.

    According to 2011 statistics, 5,050 police personnel were in SB, while more than 32,656 were under national security and public order units including the FRU, and only 9,346 for CID.

    The distribution of the police force has drawn flak from the opposition which argues that the deployment is not targeted at reducing the rising crime rate.

    CID should have been doubled

    Fauzi, who was once police chief for Selangor and Sarawak, explained that the responsibility of the CID was daunting and often time-consuming.

    He said officers were burdened with various investigating procedures including searching for evidence and verifying it, recording statements and bringing witnesses to court, before a case could be closed.

    "In the CID, if you succeed (in solving a crime), you are not only done with the case, but you can help prevent crime statistics from increasing.

    "The people will then have a perception that the police force is effective and has succeeded (in doing their work)," he added.

    Fauzi stressed that during his tenure as CID director from 2005 to 2006, he found that the department would need to double its staff to enable it to investigate crime cases in a timely and thorough fashion.

    “For example, he (the investigating officer) can perform proper and effective investigation for only 10 cases, but during my time, (the workload) was 25 cases - more than double.”

    SB still has a role to play

    Commenting on opposition's claims that the SB has focused on tracking political dissidents so much so that it serves as an arm of the BN, Fauzi pointed out that its real job was to solicit information and intelligence.

    "We have to appreciate that the SB is tasked with procuring intelligence mainly in the fields of politics and public order," he said.

    But he questioned the high number of SB staff as the communist era was long over and racial tensions have lessened despite attempts by certain groups to drive a wedge among Malaysians.

    "We have to admit that in the past, (the situation) was more serious and with more threats. But now, the people have changed a lot," he said.

    However, he emphasised that any restructuring of the police force had to be backed by data.

    "If we have clear facts, then we can argue and give recommendations (and say), okay, you can reduce (the number of SB personnel by) 15 percent, 20 percent or 50 percent."

    "But we do not have the information. The police management is more knowledgeable on whether the current situation requires such (restructuring)," he explained in the interview in his bungalow in Shah Alam.

    In his 32 years in the police force, Fauzi held various senior posts, including that of Sarawak police chief (2001-2003) and Selangor police chief (2004-2005).

    He went on to head the CID at Bukit Aman in 2005 and retired the following year.

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