Tuesday 19 July 2011

PDRM and Kleptocracy

This was forwarded to me...a good read:

The Role and Function of the Police Force in a Kleptocracy

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 8:46 PM

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The Role and Function of the Police Force in a Kleptocracy

Kleptocracy is a government of thieves, by thieves and for thieves. The ruling elite in a kleptocracy governs only to extend its personal wealth and political power by stealing from the state’s coffer.

The major characteristics of a kleptocracy are rampant corruption, rent-seeking activities, money-laundering and abuses of human rights.

Since a kleptocracy benefits only a small section of the population at the expense of the wider population, the modus operandi of the kleptocracy to stay in power is to divide the population along tribal, racial or religious lines.

Contemporary kleptocracies often maintain a facade of democracy to camouflage their kleptocratic tendencies. A kleptocracy may have a state constitution, though it is regularly abused to suit the whims and fancies of the ruling elite. Regular elections are also held to enforce the notion of a democratic state. The elections are rigged and manipulated to provide legitimacy to the kleptocracy.

Government agencies such as the judicial system, the civil service, the legislative body, the security forces and even the church act as apparatchik of the kleptocracy. The officials holding key positions are rewarded by having a share of the loot.

True to the maxim, power comes from the barrel of the gun, the police force is an integral member of the kleptocracy. The primary role of the police force is to provide security and well-being of the kleptocracy.

A kleptocracy, being an unjust system of government, brooks dissent and opposition. It is the function of the police force to provide surveillance of any form of dissent. Threats to the well-being of the kleptocracy are eliminated by using ad-hoc laws and regulations or extra-judicial means. Any gathering to express opposition to the kleptocracy is brutally dispersed. However, staged-demonstrations to support the kleptocracy are allowed and protected by the police force.

The leadership of the police force is made-up of intellectually-deficient officers. This is is to ensure blind loyalty and total obedience to the ruling elite since they do not have the mental capacity to evaluate the morality or immorality of their actions. Conditioned as the dogs in Pavlov’s experiments, they are only motivated by the base instincts of greed and lust.

The rank-and-file of the police force is recruited from the bottom of the barrel; those who are not readily-employable in other sectors of the economy. Giddy by the minuscule power derived by being in the force and given tacit license to engage in petty criminal activities, the rank-and-file is committed to the preservation of the status quo.

History has shown that the downfall of kleptocracies are directly attributable to the collapse or defection of the police force. Without the police force, a kleptocracy is but a paper tiger.

The finality of the Shah of Iran’s regime was not portrayed by the photo of the Shah fleeing the country but by a photo of six dead, naked generals of the SAVAK lying on the damp concrete floor of a morgue in Teheran.




    The caption reads ~ 'The corpses of 11 dignitaries of the Shah's regime lie on the floor of a ehran morgue in April 1979. Among them are Khalatbari, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and General Hassan Pakhravan, first chief of the savak, the brutal and uch-despised political police. '

  2. Immensely instructive and totally spot-on as a description of the current political and financial malaise in Malaisea!

  3. Their hostility to ethical imperatives causes them to lose sight of all moral values for the sake of worldly gain and power. Like Pharoah,they are the enemies of God and shall be put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides or should be banished from the face of the earth. They shall be held to shame in this world and sternly punished in the next, except for those who repent. For you must know that Allah is most forgiving and merciful.