I would say this move is too little, too late. When you contaminate the river with some algae, don't be surprised if the whole river becomes algaeland. Not even the cleanest of cops will be able to live through their lives with the puny pays they receive unless they receive some other forms of income.
It really pains me to admit that the police force is corrupted, and it is really unfair to put all the blame on them. After all, we rakyats are the people paying the bribe, that makes us more guilty of the said crime. I have to admit I'm one of the sinned.
When news broke out last year exposing the peanuts cops are receiving as salaries, many voiced their concerns. It even reached our hearts when the story of a young indian police officer who strived so hard to obtain a Master's degree from a well-known university in the UK to come back only serve as a policeman and receiving such little pay. Surely, many should already anticipate this move, but why only now did they decide to take some action.
Even now, PSD has still yet to carry out its initial study. The question is when will we expect the loyal servant of the country to receive what they deserve?
How long does it take to assess the cost?
Asked if it would be before the tabling of the 2008 Budget, he (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) said: “Not necessarily.” [Source: The Star]
The current salary of a police constable is RM690 while the starting pay for an officer with the rank of inspector is RM1,100. [Source: The Star]
I heard that an intern working in one of the Audit firms (PWC, E&Y, Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture) in Malaysia earns RM500 a month, excluding mileage claims. Bottomline is
p.s. I'm not saying algae is totally useless, read "Uses of algae" in the Wikipedia entry.
p.p.s for gods sake, please pay the cops with proceeds from savings we get from the petrol price drop.