10 cops in Johor run foul of nightspot rule
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Policemen caught partying with illegal gambling boss in Muar. â Malay Mail picJOHOR BARU, Oct 10 â" Ten policemen are in hot water after they were caught partying in karaoke bars despite orders not to patronise nightspots.
Seven personnel, including an inspector, are paying for a night out in Muar last month.
A video of them having a good time had surfaced several weeks ago but it only recently went viral on a Facebook page with a title that alleged the men were having a good time with illegal gambling bosses.
Sources f amiliar with the case said initial investigations revealed the policemen were invited to celebrate a birthday and they only consumed soft drinks.
âDespite that, the internal probe will still be conducted for breach of discipline under the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) standing orders.
âAll commissioned and serving policeman, irrespective of rank, are duty-bound to act in their best behaviour and avoid being in any such entertainment outlets,â a source said.
The seven policemen were yesterday immediately transferred following an order from Bukit Aman.
âThe order was immediate with specific instructions that their current duties be frozen and temporary placement will be for them to be drivers in the state police driversâ pool and as post guards under the camp commandant.
âAt the same time, the order was for the federal police Integrity a nd Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) to investigate the matter.â
JIPS would also probe claims the policemen were protecting illegal gambling centres.
Meanwhile, Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the state police contingent has submitted a report to Bukit Aman for further action against the seven men.
âWe (police) have initiated investigation papers to look into the allegations, but let us investigate the matter further,â he told reporters here yesterday.
Golem Entertainment Centre in the Bakri Business Centre in Muar, where the alleged incident took place, is said to have started operations early this year.
It is understood that all district police chiefs were yesterday reminded to strictly adhere to the standing order and all policemen are prohibited from going to entertainment outlets unless for work purposes.
The IGPâs standing orders prohibiting policemen from entering entertainment outlets, unl ess on supervised undercover duties, has been in place for many years.
In Ipoh, two police inspectors and a corporal were among 121 people screened during a raid on a karaoke bar in Bandar Baru Medan at 2.30am on Sunday.
âThe corporalâs urine tested positive for drugs. He was among 74 arrested,â said a source.
The source added that police also arrested 10 foreign women â" five from China, four (Vietnam) and one (Thailand) during the raid for misusing their social visit visas.
The corporal is attached to the Muallim station while the inspectors are attached to the Ipoh and Tapah stations respectively.
A total of 16 officers and 39 personnel were involved in the operation.