(AFP) – Malaysian police must wear badges reading “I’m against corruption” as part of a new campaign to clean up the force and discourage people from bribing officers, police said Thursday.
About 40,000 of the badges have been distributed to police officers along with 20,000 car stickers with similar slogans for the force’s vehicles, said federal police spokesman Chief Superintendent Mohamad Daud.
“Nice patrol car, don’t you think? Now, get a closer look at the sticker/decal that’s on the back windscreen. It says, “Jangan Rasuah.” No Bribery. This is the new campaign that the Police Dept. started last year. It’s more for the cops than it is for us laymen. The police here have a very bad reputation for taking bribes. The campaign is to promote a better public image. Not that its helping. I was stopped for a minor road offence a couple of days ago and when he asked if I wanted to ‘settle,’ I showed the cop an empty wallet and he let me go without a ticket. Someone please raise their salaries!”