Suspend errant police chief for safetys sake

N Surendran

Modified 29 Jan 2008, 10:21 am

Suspend errant police chief for safety's sake The article 12 reports lodged against 'aggressive' police chief (May 7) highlights the shocking behaviour and arrogance of Dang Wangi's OCPD Bakri Zinin.

I am astonished that Inspector-General of Police Norian Mai has not acted to suspend the errant officer from his duties pending a full inquiry into the allegations. I am not saying that Bakri is guilty of the charges against him. Clearly, he should be given the benefit of the doubt pending a formal inquiry.

If the allegations are true, then public safety is already in jeopardy. Considering the number of reports lodged and the seriousness of the allegations, the IGP must balance the possible danger to the public against any embarrassment which may be caused if Bakri is suspended.

However, public safety is paramount and must prevail over other considerations. In the event that the reports are found to be true, he must be dealt with severely in order to maintain public confidence in the police force. The IGP must take this matter seriously and act immediately to keep the errant police chief from doing any more harm.

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