SHAKE-UP Malaysia's top cop wants to
bust the complacency syndrome
Tan Sri Musa Hassan is shaking things up with his 'walkabout' style. He's on the move to make sure that the nation's policemen are always on their toes.
By Alang Bendahara (From New Sunday Times Online of October 01, 2006)
SHAH ALAM: Barely two weeks into his job as the country’s top cop, Tan Sri Musa Hassan is shaking up things.
His number one target: complacency.
Over the next few months, he will be making surprise visits to police stations across the country, querying investigating officers on how many cases they have cleared and testing the response time of mobile patrol units.
Yesterday, he put personnel at the Shah Alam police headquarters to the test - and Musa was far from happy with the results. At 11am, he showed up at Shah Alam, much to the surprise and chagrin of some policemen.
He called up ACP Abdul Wahab Embong to announce the spot check and within 10 minutes, the district police chief was in the police station.
He later went on rounds with Wahab and then put to test the police response time to a scene of a crime.
A call was made to the Shah Alam police headquarters reporting an incident, and then Musa sat back and waited to see how fast the patrol car would arrive at the scene.
"The patrol car arrived later than I expected," he said.
Musa said patrol cars should arrive within four minutes if they are within a kilometre from the crime scene. In this case, the car arrived after six minutes.
Later, Musa checked up on investigating officers and the workload. "I was not satisfied with their performance. They should not delay their investigation and must speed it up."
After two hours, he left.
"This will not be my last spot check. The spot checks will also not be confined to police headquarters or police stations in major cities but will be done nationwide," he said.
Musa succeeded Tan Sri Bakri Omar as IGP on Sept 13.
He has said repeatedly that police personnel must improve their work habits to win the respect of the public.
On Wednesday, he dropped by unannounced at the Dang Wangi police headquarters and was pleased with the way things were run there.
Safe to say that his daily work schedule and whereabouts will be tracked from now - by his own men.