Kuala Lumpur – Enforcement agencies which have come under the microscope of the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission for their men’s inaction in combating vice, will be made to adopt radical changes in the way they conduct business.
For starters, “loopholes” in sections of the legislation, blamed as the bane of law enforcers in carrying out effective enforcement, will be rectified.
The country’s largest law enforcement agency — the Royal Malaysia Police, meanwhile have taken the initiative of being a step ahead of their wayward personnel including those with tendencies of being “turned over”.
By December, they will be equipped with their “Special Tactical Team 3 (STT3)”— a special group of intelligence officers from all of the forces’ different branches, that will be unleashed on clandestine operations to sniff out their crooked colleagues.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told the New Straits Times that the team would bev sent out on two-pronged covert operations which will also see them focus on curbing vice including activities by secret societies.
“The team will gather information and intelligence on illicit operations and businesses… the men behind them, their networks, the bosses and financiers as well as their money laundering activities.
“Even those hiding behind online operations will not escape them as the team will be working together with local authorities, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Communications and Multimedia Ministry, to identify them,” he said.
Junaidi said the ministry would verysoonmeetwiththerelevantministries as well as key departments to among others, discuss laws that needed amendment to facilitate better enforcement.
It is understood that the meeting will also address the perennial issue of overlapping and limited jurisdictions between enforcement agencies.
The ministry, Junaidi said, had had discussions with the police and local governments, and from there, it had identified all the weaknesses in the system, which only served to bind law enforcers from carrying out their responsibilities effectively.
“In cutting the lifeline of illicit syndicated businesses, we are also drawing up plans to go after legal business premises that help crooks continue running their operations, despite having their electricity supply cut.
“These syndicates always circumvent the law as they then turn to willing neighbours, who in return, make significant sums for channelling electricity to them.
“At the moment, we do not have laws to empower local authorities to take action against these people, who are basically aiding these illicit operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry’s Local Government Department director-general Maziah Adnan said the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) was being reviewed to give enforcers more bite.
“This is especially crucial in allowing the officers to go after illicit businesses.
“These officers are actually facing a huge problem in carrying out enforcement, as there are provisions in the Local Government Act that have been impeding these efforts.
“At the same time, we welcome MACC to help us in weeding out personnel working in cahoots with the syndicates and sheltering them from the law.”
The NST yesterday reported that MACC had been sending out its officers to rein in law enforcers who allowed vice dens to operate under their watch under the ongoing Op Belot.
MACC’s proactive move was triggered by the mushrooming of illegal businesses around the country, many being run openly under the noses of law enforcers.