I prefer to stand by Syed Hamid Albar who lambasted some politicians and NGOs for their disparaging remarks about our police force - dubbed as one of the world's best.
Sentiments about Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) have been there since decades. They who hold grudges against our police personnels are usually those involved with the police administration 'in whatever manner'.
Some are ex-criminals, suspects, ISA detainees and families while the rest could have some failed 'dealings' with the police. Most of this people see the police force as the government's DOG! And to be true, most of those who always hurl abusive words toward the police force are from one of our ethnic groups which formed only a 'small minority of the entire police service'.
Yes, there are good cops and bad cops but there are also good and bad politicians, NGOs, journalists, bloggers, teachers, enginneers, parents etc. However, blaming each and every one of them over minor issues is totally unfair.
The PDRM has played a pivotal role in keeping the country as peaceful as it could. Together with the armed forces, their contribution in maintaining Malaysia as a harmonious nation is undeniable.
Of course they cannot attend of settle all problems. That's why the public is encouraged to provide necessary assistance to facilitate their duty. Their percentage of failure is perhaps one of the lowest in the region. Even the FBI and Scotland Yard tend to fail in some of their duties.
They need to be appreciated, too. We all do. Keeping up with the law and order is not an easy job and yet there are still members of the public who dont feel at ease with them. Why? If you are clean, there is no reason to worry.
In spite of that, accusations that the police force are on the take have tarnished its image to the extent that seeing the police on patrol will mean that the personnels are doing some 'cari makan' or looking for 'victims'.
It is true that there are bad policemen but to blame the entire force is not right.
I was involved in preparing the reports "Laporan Suruhanjaya Diraja Mengenai Penambahbaikan Perkhidmatan Polis" in 2004 and among the contents was that, the police was not on the highest list in graft or bribery.
They came only fourth after education, construction and customs but they were the ones made to wear the 'Saya Anti-Rasuah' badges during duty.
Graft activities take place anywhere, even in your own house. Without you realising it, you sometimes have to give 'extra' to your children just to make them go to the shop to buy some grocery items. This is how you train them to become adults and if they are destined to join the police forces somedays, they would find it difficult to distant themselves from such 'rewarding activities'.
No doubt that 'on the take' happens everywhere and at all levels of services. It is up to you to define what graft is.
Let us be sensible about it. As I mentioned earlier, there are good and bad cops and so are politicians, leaders, lawmakers, doctors, lawyers and even judges. When you give a prosecutor something as a reward to drop charges in some cases, what do you call it?
Without the police force, we may end up like a cowboy country. Please appreciate what they are doing for us. If you know how to criticise, you may as well know how to compliment.