YOURSAY 'Even if the Taiwanese tourists weren't buckled up in the car, the police should have let them off with a warning.'
Langkawi police asked for bribe, say Taiwanese tourists
This is a serious embarrassing and disgraceful incident reflecting
badly on the police and the country - our enforcement officers caught
for soliciting bribes from foreign tourists.
And worse, the
police chief seemed brazen about the whole affair. When can we ever stop
this whole sickening abuse of power, including corrupt practices like
this, by our enforcement officers from bringing shame to us all?
Even if the Taiwanese tourists weren't buckled up in the car, the
police should have let them off with a warning. Come on, don't tell me
the police can't do a simple decent thing like that.
‘no-buckled up' rule to justify harassing tourists, for whatever reason,
is a lame excuse by the top brass. The rakyat will never swallow that
sort of crap. The truth is plain for all to see.
This is nothing compared to what I was told by a friend whose cousin
related the following to him. His cousin had just joined the Traffic
Corp and, resplendent in his brand new uniform, was part of a highway
speed trap operation.
So, being wet behind the ears, he did his
duty as he was trained to do. After the operation, the team gathered in
the officer's room. All were instructed to put the day's work on the
table. Everyone else emptied their pockets and dumped the cash.
green horn was dumbfounded and when pressed to do likewise, he was only
able to sheepishly add his wad of summon tickets to the pile. Summon
The next thing, he found himself conducting traffic at the worst roundabout in KL. Nice story? Yeah.
believe every word of it. Because I paid these bribes too on a couple
of occasions, just to avoid the bloody hassle. But no longer. Not
anymore. My bad.
Now, I take the summons ticket and endure the bloody hassle. No more feeding these bloody filthy leeches.
Malaysians cannot really complain about our corrupt traffic police. The
vast majority of us prefer to bribe the police in order to pay a lesser
sum as compared to paying the official fine the legal and proper way,
and also to avoid the "bloody hassle", as described by Jiminy Qrikert.
those occasions that I have inadvertently broken speed limits, I have
always accepted the summons willingly and had even insisted on being
issued the summons when the police officer started to give hints on an
unofficial settlement. Many people told me such behaviour of mine was
Opah: This story, and the police
response to it, will eventually find its way around the world on the
Internet. It will be posted and re-posted in all the popular travel
Unless the police and MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption
Commission) take positive action soon, it'll be ‘bye-bye Langkawi'. All
the hundreds of millions that Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen has spent to
promote Langkawi will be flushed down the drain.
Who needs to go
to Langkawi when they can go to Phuket, Bali or Samui, to name just a
few alternatives. All because of the greed and arrogance of a few
‘mata-mata' and the indifference and cover up by their bosses.
Anonymous_3ff5: The police have a responsibility to enforce the law, likewise the tourists also have a responsibility to comply within the law.
of corruption happen in every part of the world, including Taiwan. The
tourists should have made an official report in order for corrective
action to be taken, instead of going to the blogs.
the victims to lodge a report at the local police station is
ridiculous. When it comes to taking bribes, the police officers in every
police station will close rank and harassed those who dare to make
police reports against one of their own.
I was once robbed by some thugs pretending to be police officers in
Brussels near the hotel I was staying. They flashed their fake police ID
at me, then surrounded me, asked for my passport, accused me of
carrying drugs and frisked me for my wallet.
I went back to the
hotel to seek help and the hotel called the police. Within 10 minutes,
the real police arrived and they took me in their car to go around the
area I was robbed hoping to bump into the robbers.
later we gave up and they took me to the police station to lodge a
report and handed me a thick file full of photos of convicted robbers
caught robbing tourists (especially Asians), hoping I can identify one
I gave up after an hour. Before leaving the police
station, an officer told me that no police officer has the right to stop
me in the street, ask for my passport and frisk me. If they want to do
it they have to do it in the police station.
See the difference how the Belgian police carry out their duties compared to ours.
Dont Just Talk:
There is no smoke without fire and at least the police chief of Pulau
Langkawi should follow up on the matter. It is an international disgrace
and a slap on the face for our PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police).
Since a mobile phone was used to capture the event, the police should at
least attempt to seek the co-operation of the victims to assist in
By the way, what these few police officers
take from the tourists is called ‘corruption' and what the big-fish
politicians take from the mega-projects is called ‘commission'.
IGP (police chief) should know the status, not perception, of his
force. It's public knowledge that corruption in the police is epidemic
and to dismiss such talks is sheer denial.
Besides, the public
trust and confidence are at the lowest ebb since they inherited from the
British administration. Like other government institutions, the image
and professionalism of the police have been deteriorating for decades
and it will take a wholesale, drastic change to arrest the state of
The sooner the IGP knows about the true state of
affairs, the better will be for the force and the country. Simply
manipulating perceptions and crime statistics will not do, getting down
to some serious revamp will.
Kgen: Since the
complaint was just made on an online forum, police would ignore it.
Funny, the police and MACC seem to act with alacrity on any online
allegations against opposition politicians even if they are by anonymous
bloggers made without a shred of proof.
The 2008 Auditor-General's Report estimates the losses from corruption
at as high as RM28 billion. The figure now is likely to be much higher.
What this indicates is that a lot of people in the public service and
the ruling party are very corrupt.
We have read about PM Najib
Razak and his cohorts getting hundreds of millions in kickbacks from the
Scorpene submarine deal and the former IGP (inpector-general of police)
allegedly getting a share of the underworld's takings from various
crimes such as gambling, prostitution, loan sharking, etc.
this particular case, the lower ranking police officers, possibly with
the knowledge and encouragement of their superiors, collect money
illegally from tourists and in other ways and later share the loot among
Many of Malaysia's political leaders and public
servants are corrupt from the top to the bottom and a change can only be
brought about by electing a new clean government.
Granted that tourists who flouted traffic laws have to pay the fine on
the spot, but what is the standard sum of fine? Is it up to the
discretion of the police to arbitrarily fix the fine at RM300 from each
of the eight passengers and later to reduce it to RM500 in total?
could the Kedah police chief say no action could be taken on the matter
because it was only an online posting with no official police report
made? The complaint from the car rental company was good enough for him
How about the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in
Malaysia lodging a report on behalf of the victims who might have been
too scared to lodge the report themselves while in the country?
author of the blog posting has aptly and succinctly described the
police as "a bunch of gangsters in police uniform equipped with
pistols". The rot in the police force is a serious matter.
The slogan of 'Cuti-Cuti Malaysia' might as well be changed to 'Curi-Curi Malaysia'.
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