Rights groups and opposition demand to see findings that say corruption is rife Opposition lawmakers and human rights groups are demanding Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi make public a damning report that found the police force was 'riddled with corruption at every level'. Retired judge Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, who headed a special commission probing the police, said corrupt practices and indiscipline were extensive and involved police personnel at every level to the extent the force was unable to enforce law and order effectively. Police were corrupt when investigating serious crime, anti-narcotics operations, vice, triads, traffic offences and corporate crime. Mr Dzaiddin added that officers also used excessive force against suspects and the commission would probe further cases of deaths in police custody. Mr Abdullah, who saw the report on Tuesday, has promised a major cleanup but has enraged lawmakers and the public by not releasing the findings. 'What is the point of setting up an inquiry at taxpayers' expense and then keeping the findings secret,' parliamentary opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said. 'Abdullah's promise to clean up the police lacks credibility for as long as the report is classified secret.' A coalition of 42 groups including trade unions, churches, consumer associations and women's organisations, signed a joint statement faxed to the prime minister yesterday urging that the report be made public immediately. 'Abdullah is accountable to the public ... his credibility is at serious risk,' campaign co-ordinator and rights activists Subramaniam Arulchelvam said. Mr Abdullah set up the independent commission in December after a public outcry that police were corrupt and ineffectual. The commission proved to be popular, receiving and investigating hundreds of public complaints and questioning senior police officers and studying documents over six months. On Monday, Mr Dzaiddin submitted an interim report to the king but said the government would have to decide on making the findings public. Officials said the government was worried that police morale and public trust in the force would be irreparably damaged if the report was made public. 'People are only focused on corruption ... but the problem is also a lack of manpower, funding, equipment and training,' the officials said. They said police personnel were also poorly paid, inadequately housed and mostly trapped in a 'dead end' career without promotion or advancement.