Everyone loves a good, ironic joke:
But what if the irony involves corrupt Malaysian officials who screw up the very job they were meant to do?! Here are 8+ times Malaysian were caught committing an offence that they are supposed to PREVENT! -___- “
1. A senior police officer who stole a buncha stuff from his neighbour’s house
Recently, a police officer was caught STEALING from his neighbour. LOL, ironic much. The 31-year-old Inspector attached with the Bukit Aman HQ, armed with a knife, was caught coming down the stairs carrying a bag of stolen items. He had stolen a handbag, a computer monitor, VR simulator, coin deposit boxes, and smartphones. According to reports, the police were alerted about the break-in and when they arrived at the scene, the Inspector put up a fight to resist arrest.
This isn’t the first time a cop found himself on the wrong side of the law, ironically. In September, a cop robbed a cyber cafe at gunpoint and ran off with RM2,000 in cash. K la, we know that cops can go bad, just like cabbages, but they were sworn to PROTECT people from crime. 😐
2. JPJ Deputy Chief who drove on the emergency lane
You’d think that someone from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would know Malaysian road laws… don’t break the red light, don’t go over the speed limit, don’t DRIVE ON THE EMERGENCY LANE. You know, rules like that. So it was a bit (a lot) what da heck when former JPJ Deputy Chief Yusoff Ayob was caught driving on the emergency lane!
The prosecutor had argued for maximum sentence because, hello, he’s like JPJ’s second-highest ranking officer, he should be held to a higher standard, but nooo, the court decided to slap him with a RM2,000 fine. No wonder he’s still smiling.
3. The Miri school teacher who sold syabu
4. The anti-corruption officer who blackmailed a police officer
4. Thea teachers who leaked UPSR exam papers
Teachers sometimes like to torture their students with really difficult exam questions. We bet they all cackle evilly and exchange stories about it in the bilik guru (or at least that’s how it plays out in our heads la ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). But then THIS group of teachers did the opposite and bongkar all the questions for the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) exam in 2014.
They leaked it through WhatsApp, where it spread like wildfire. They were arrested for it of course. Education Director-General Khair Mohamad Yusof called them traitors who are not fit to be teachers.
“There are some among us who are willing to sacrifice their integrity and tarnish the good reputation of the teaching profession. I consider the group as ‘guru nila setitik, bukan guru sejati’ (a few bad hat teachers who are not true teachers).” – he said
5. The Islamic Affairs officer who committed khalwat
We read a lot about people being caught by the religious police for khalwat (Islamic law that forbids an unmarried Muslim from being alone with someone of the opposite sex). These incidents can be traumatic for the couple. People fear it so much that they’ve jumped out of building windows, causing serious injury and even death. The maximum penalty under Syariah law is two years in prison and a fine.
In an ironic turn of events however, an Islamic Affairs officer Siti Khadijah Md Ghazali, 27, and young imam Mohd Noruddin Salam Naluwi, 29, were caught for khalwat. Officers from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raided the house after receiving a tip-off about the unmarried couple living together. They were sentenced to 14 days’ jail and fined RM2,900 by the Gombak Timur Syariah court.
6. Immigration officers who smuggled foreigners into Malaysia
Here’s what immigration officers DO: Smile and check people’s passport to ensure that the person who entering the country is ELIGIBLE to enter. Here’s what an immigration officer DOES NOT DO: Smuggle blacklisted people into the country.
Even though that job scope is as clear as day, apparently 37 Malaysian immigration officers didn’t get the memo, because they were arrested for letting in foreigners illegally not once, not twice, but for TWO WHOLE YEARS! For each ‘case’, the officers had pocketed from the people they smuggled in from RM200 up to as high as RM2,500. So, over the course of time, they amassed about RM18 million.
How their little immigration ring ran was that they would change the data in their systems, allowing those who were blacklisted from entering the country, to enter. From this, 16,000 blacklisted foreigners were able to enter Malaysia. Most of their ‘clients’ were from Bangladesh, India, Vietnam and China. The scariest part is that these 16,000 people, who were probably blacklisted for good reason, are now secretly among us…
7. Wildlife officers who are in cahoots illegal wildlife traders
Have you heard of the Lizard King? He is notorious wildlife trafficker Anson Wong. In 2010 he was arrested for attempting to smuggle 95 boa constrictors, 2 rhinoceros vipers and a matamata turtle in his luggage to Indonesia. For that, he was given a measly 6-month prison sentence. The thing is, he’s been arrested before! But when he was asked by Al Jazeera how he was able to continue trading, the Lizard King replied, “Ask the government”.
Was he implying he had inside help? We dunno. What we do know is that the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) admits there are officers who are in cahoots with illegal traders. It’s so ironic because they are supposed to be protecting wildlife, instead, here they are helping traffickers to smuggle them.
Perhilitan is alternately lauded for its wildlife protection and criticised for what seems to be widespread corruption, persistent secrecy and complicity with illegal activity, it is reported.
Well, if you want to commit a crime, might as well go where it’s least expected
It’s ironic when the people you expect uphold the law are the ones who break the law. Having said that, it wouldn’t be fair to say every official is corrupt, though at the same time, we know corruption (or perceived corruption, however you want to argue it) does happen a lot in Malaysia. But hey, if you want to commit a crime, go to where it’s least expected, right?