Curbing corruption needs promotional effortsPOSTED BY CBT Team ON 17 July 2014
It was recently reported that a traffic offender insisted that a policeman accept his RM20 bribe instead of issuing a summons.
Agitated, the corporal tore up the money and will be receiving a letter of commendation from his superiors before Hari Raya.
I hope he will live up to expectation and wish him well.
However, it would be better if traffic policemen were instructed not to tear money as doing so could give the impression that they were not satisfied with the paltry amount offered.
As many traffic offenders prefer to pay a lesser amount for a bribe than settling a compound fine when summoned, they should be given ample warning first.
Those who do not heed such caution should then be arrested for bribery, apart from being summoned for the traffic offence.
Our traffic policeman would earn the salute of the public if they can issue summonses in a courteous manner, as traffic offences can be committed on the spur-of-the-moment, and offenders are not criminals.
Likewise, those who offered bribes should not be treated like snatch thieves or armed robbers.
If there is a genuine desire to stop the practice of offering bribes to traffic policemen, a standard operating procedure ought to be in place.
Instead of stating the offence or asking for the licence, the policeman should first issue a warning to the traffic offender not to bribe.
Those who still do so should be promptly arrested. On a daily basis, the press can report on the number of motorists arrested at each police district and cover such court cases as well.
While there is no need to shame the offenders, it would be beneficial to publicise honest officers as they will be regarded as public heroes and their families will swell with pride.
If we can do that, bribing traffic policemen would become an exception instead of the norm.