Misconduct involving fire and rescue personnel declining, says director-general

Fire and Rescue Department director-general Mohammad Hamdan Wahid says the emergency service will be further strengthened via the continuous implementation of integrity programmes for its personnel. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 5, 2022.

THE Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) will continue to monitor and evaluate the downward trend in cases of misconduct involving its officers and personnel, said its director-general Mohammad Hamdan Wahid. 

He said this was crucial in ensuring that the 50% decrease in cases recorded so far remains consistent in curbing corrupt practices within the uniformed body. 

“The integrity empowerment programme, held since 2013, and the zero-tolerance policy against officers with no integrity are starting to show results. 

“It is possible that all this time they were not aware of certain prohibited actions, and now, cases involving corruption, embezzlement and leakage are also declining compared to before,” he said. 

He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the closing ceremony of the south zone-level Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Dialogue Programme Series 1 2022, organised together with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Malaysian Institute of Integrity in Malacca today. 

Hamdan said a total of 50 officers and personnel were dismissed from 2019 till June 2022 for various offences, with only one case recorded so far this year compared with 12 cases in 2021.

“Out of that number, 26 cases involved the offence of absenteeism, drug abuse (20 cases) and one case each involving ketum, the MACC, court convictions, and signature forging,” he said. 

In addition, FRD has identified 16 major offences its personnel commonly engage in, with absenteeism and drug abuse topping the list. 

“From 2019 to June 2022, a total of 59 cases of absenteeism, drug abuse (25 cases), other disciplinary offences (40 cases), court/criminal convictions (eight cases) and seven cases of abuse of power were recorded. 

“The total number of cases recorded throughout the period was 176, with 22 cases as of June 2022, compared with 63 cases in the same period last year,” he said.

Hamdan also said that stern action, including punitive measures, would be taken as such offences would result in tasks not being carried out accurately and efficiently, thus causing loss of assets and death.

“FRD has also received the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems certification in 2021. At the same time, efforts to empower integrity will be expanded and developed at the state and zone levels so that virtues in emergency services are strengthened,” he said. – Bernama, August 5, 2022.

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