Cops barred from gambling and entertainment outlets

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has barred policemen from entering any entertainment and gaming outlets, in efforts to prevent police corruption, local media reports. 

Speaking to Sinar Harian, Hamid said the move was in reaction to officers being offered bribes in the form of freebies from outlets.

“There are police officers who celebrate birthday parties in these premises for free. That is corruption,” said Hamid.

Hamid said the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department would be monitoring officers with disciplinary action taken against offenders.

“If we receive information about their presence at entertainment outlets, they will be subject to the same process as civilians and undergo urine and blood tests,” he said.

Hamid has also urged police officers to cut relationships with individuals involved in drugs, gambling and entertainment outlets. 

The call isn’t anything new, with the directive having been in place for almost 20 years.