Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Police in Malaysia & Singapore Act Differently

It was reported that Malaysian police force has been awarded the most corrupted institution in the country. How did it come about? A survey was conducted by Transparency International ("TI") with at least 100 senior business executives and the outcome was a Bribe Payers Index of 4 (1:not all corrupt, 5: extremely corrupt). Not surprised with that at all.

But if you were to cross over to the other side of the Johor-Singapore Causeway which is the land of Singapore, it's different with the Singapore police force.

Just yesterday, it was reported that a Malaysian by the name of Lim Teck Choon, has been convicted of bribing a Singaporean policeman and has been jailed for six solid weeks. It was due to his traffic offence in making an illegal u-turn and driving against the traffic for 50 metres (what was in his mind??).

Lim didn't even offer any money in the bribery attempt but just by the mention of mere words it was already taken as bribery attempt.

The details of the court case - Public Prosecutor v Lim Teck Choon [2008] SGDC 322.

When you are caught in Singapore for breaching any traffic laws or whatever laws, admit it and be remorseful. It's so different in Malaysia. How different? You know I know lah .............. well supported by the survey done by TI but I would say that the Malaysian government do not show its seriousness in combating bribery / corruption.

The vast difference in terms of the police salaries in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia could be one of the major factors but I would say it's not excusable if a policeman was to accept a bribe for having a low salary.
Tags: Malaysia Police Force, Singapore Police Force, Bribery, Corruption, Transparency International, Johor-Singapore Causeway, Lim Teck Choon



Blogger JAMES said...

Last year, the PDRM receive their increment but yet money is not enough!!

07 January, 2009 17:21  
Blogger [SK] said...

errr.. malaysia is always so much DIFFERENT from her neighbouring countries.. *sigh*

07 January, 2009 18:40  
Blogger Jason Law said...

Hahahah ! What a pity Lim who used to bribe the police in Malaysia.. lol

This is Malaysia, what can we expect...

07 January, 2009 20:00  
Blogger Chin Weng 茶先生 said...

Police? Give me SAMAN lor if they able to proof any law offence. Never think of bribing them.

07 January, 2009 20:42  
Blogger foongpc said...

With rear seatbelts mandatory now, even more opportunity for corrupted police to make money!

07 January, 2009 23:47  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

james - hopefully their superiors will guide them properly

sk - way too much?

jason - its sad huh ..... to even mention "what can we expect"

chin weng - way to go bro

foong - in the first instance, passengers are the ones at fault

08 January, 2009 08:53  
Blogger khengsiong said...

"...making an illegal u-turn and driving against the traffic for 50 metres (what was in his mind??)."

I once saw a car went into the motorbike lane of the Federal Highway. When the driver noticed his error, he reversed all the way back. His wife got out of the car and told the bikers to give way...

08 January, 2009 11:26  
Blogger Josephine said...

Ya. In SG, don even thinking og bribing...

08 January, 2009 13:23  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

khengsiong - tat was classic moment

josephine - most malaysian knew except this one case haha

06 February, 2009 18:32  
Blogger Sahniana said...

money is never enough to caught a criminal..i think the criminal itself richer than police modern philosophy, more money = more power..

06 February, 2009 23:42  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

sahniana - that philosophy brought illussion to the eyes of many people

11 February, 2009 14:04  

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