ROYAL ADVICE: Be professional in law enforcement, urges Sultan Azlan Shah
TAIPING: THE Royal Malaysian Police needs to become a first-class force if it desires to be recognised and highly respected by the rakyat.
Stressing on how important it was for the country's largest enforcement entity to acquire such a position, Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah said the police force should not allow itself to be seen as a force that was feared by the people.
In his speech at the opening of the Taiping district police headquarters here yesterday, the ruler said the country's policemen must avoid being labelled as a third-world police force.
"Do not allow the force to be laughed at or to lose respect. The image of a third-world police is one which is filled with much negativity -- as a force that is involved in corruption, abuse and blind to wrongdoings.
"A police force that does not portray a neutral image and is selective in law enforcement will inevitably cause chaos in a country and lead to widespread crime.
"People's trust in the police force will then start thinning and citizens will lose respect in leaders and government. Ultimately, this will lead to anarchy."
Sultan Azlan said it was incumbent on the Royal Malaysian Police force to advise the government objectively and not selectively on the reality on the ground.
The government, he said, should also be informed on the real situation, especially those related to criminal activities and actions of quarters out to undermine the law.
The ruler said it was meaningless if the report on paper sounded good, but the reality was otherwise.
To ensure it could maintain its professional image, the force needed to be clear about its loyalty to the king and the country, he added.
"Its mandatory duty is to protect the rakyat and guarantee their security. It should be strict when enforcing the law and ensure that the same standard is employed in law enforcement.
"Every citizen hopes for and desires a professional, neutral, fair and transparent police force.
"Respect and trust must be earned and the police force needs to prove that it can give professional service, is well disciplined and is filled with integrity.
"Police must, therefore, make sure enforcement of the laws is carried out fairly, equally and efficiently and in a transparent manner," said Sultan Azlan.
Present were Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.