Alor Gajah CID chief nabbed by MACC (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA: Three police districts in Malacca are now without Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chiefs, after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested the Alor Gajah district CID chief today in its on-going anti-graft swoop on gambling and vice dens in the state.

The 51-year-old police officer who is an assistant superintendent (ASP) was arrested in Malacca at 10.45am and is expected to be remanded tomorrow for further investigations.

He was the latest police personnel to be detained by the MACC in the state bringing the total number of cops held in the major crackdown on vice and gambling centres in Malacca since May 16 to nine. Four other civilians who allegedly were middlemen and operators of the illegal dens were also rounded up.

It is believed that more personnel of Alor Gajah police are expected to be picked up.

The MACC launched the operation code named Ops Gopi after receiving reports that alleged the police were turning a blind eye to the activities of such dens and receiving tens of thousand ringgit in kickbacks in return from its operators.

The commission is also investigating claims that the gaming and vice kingpins had the influence to exert pressure on police top brass to transfer out any officer who did not condone to the illegal activities in the districts.

The case also prompted the federal police Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) to initiate a parallel probe on the detained policemen.

Malacca police chief DCP Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan told theSun today that with the recent clampdown on his men by the MACC, he is on an all-out mission to clean up the state police contingent of corrupt practises.

"I am confident that with the new police officers sent by Bukit Aman to take over the position of those detained, there will be positive changes. Just give me some time and Malacca police will emerge the best in integrity and service. I intend to see this materialise and will do all it takes to ensure it does. I urge the public assist us by channelling all information of illegal activities in the state such as gambling and vice dens to us, preferably directly to me. My doors are always open. They can call me or even send me an anonymous letter if they do not wish to reveal their identities." he told theSun.

Asked is the absence of the two OCPD's in the districts of Jasin and Melaka Tengah had affected its daily operations, Abdul Jalil said there were no issues that arose as a result as the deputy police chiefs are currently helming the districts until the arrival of the new OCPDs.

Last week, the MACC operation kicked off with the arrest of two ASPs and an inspector on May 16.

The next day, an assistant commissioner (ACP), a deputy superintendent (DSP) - both who are district police chiefs and an inspector were detained. Subsequently, a corporal, who is said to be the bagman of his superiors was picked up and RM800,000 was recovered from a storeroom at his police quarters.

On Monday, the CID chief of Melaka Tengah district police was nabbed.

Police have promptly responded to the MACC's blitz on its men by issuing a transfer order on all of them and pledging to cooperate with the commission in bringing the black sheep in the police force to book.