LAST_UPDATEThu, 26 Apr 2018 8am

Cop Rewarded For Refusing RM1,000 Bribe

Pic: Utusan OnlinePic: Utusan Online

When we are currently bombarded with arrests of corrupt officials by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), it is a breath of fresh air to hear about one being rewarded for refusing a bribe instead.

A local man tried to bribe his way out of trouble by offering RM1,000 to police constable Muhammad Norzulkhairee Md Akhir, 27, after his car that carried four men suspected to be illegal immigrants was stopped in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, The Star reported.

The offer made by the car driver did not tempt Muhammad Norzulkhairee, who instead arrested the man.

"The driver, a local, got out of the car and took out a stack of money amounting RM1,000 to 'settle' the case.

"Instead of accepting the bribe, I handcuffed him and took him to the Tanjong Tokong police station where I worked," the Sungai Petani, Kedah-native recounted the incident to the newspaper.

The incident that happened on October 8, 2015 was not left unnoticed as he was rewarded with an MACC appreciation certificate as well as an RM200 incentive to acknowledge his integrity.

The certificate was handed to Muhammad Norzulkhairee by Penang police chief Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye during the police monthly gathering in Georgetown.

"It is my duty as a policeman to keep peace in the country, we must serve our best as corruption does not benefit anyone,” said the noble man.

Muhammad Norzulkhairee has been a member of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) force since 2009.

Well done Muhammad Norzulkhairee, we definitely need more cops like you around!