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November 6, 2013

Beef up police force, CP urged

Surik Anak MuntaiThe Borneo Post

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has called on State Police Commissioner Datuk Wira Sabtu Osman to beef up the police force in Serian to restore security in the district particularly the Melikin region.

See, who is state PKR vice-chairman said Sabtu must also enlighten the public on the police investigation into the two raids they conducted in Melikin and Serian that uncovered a substantial cache of firearms at the end of September and middle of last month.

He recalled that the police seized firearms and dangerous weapons from the workers’ quarters of a plantation company in Melikin on Sept 30 and followed up with another successful operation near Serian town which yielded homemade gas-powered rifles, air rifles, homemade shotguns and cartridges. (more…)

Ministers Ordered Police To Free Crony Gangsters

Surik Anak MuntaiSarawak Report

Sarawak Report can reveal that four head gangsters, who were caught after the discovery of an enormous illegal arms cache at the disputed logging and plantation concessions at Melikin, were freed by police on instructions from Ministers!

Since their release there has been a further series of vicious attacks on local people, whom the gangsters have been intimidating for many months, on behalf of two companies granted controversial licences on Native Customary Rights lands in the area.

The companies, United Teamtrade Sdn Bhd and Memaju Jaya Sdn Bhd, both have ownership ties to powerful BN political figures in Sarawak. These include Taib’s planning deputy, Awang Tenggah; the state Minister for Entrepreneur Development, Naroden Majais, and the former local YB, Frederick Bayoi. (more…)

June 10, 2013

We need IPCMC now


Nine men have died while in police custody since the beginning of 2013, of which four occurred in the space of a mere 20 days, the last taking place on June 8. Quite frighteningly these are only the reported cases. In some cases, the sheer brutality involved is simply terrifying. In a very recent case, the deceased was beaten while he was handcuffed. His body had more than 50 marks, from head to his toe. In another case, the deceased was bleeding from his head. Other affected families will have more nightmarish tales to tell. To date, no one has been charged, let alone some form of internal inquiry ordered to discover the truth. In any developed nation the media and public would have lambasted, if not taken the government to task for such blatant and frequent abuse of power. (more…)

June 5, 2013

Deaths in custody – police ‘conditioned’ to brutality

Nathaniel Tan

You have been arrested. Accused of dealing drugs maybe, or stealing cars.

You are a poor man. You have no friends in high places, just a family that loves you, a family you work hard to provide for.

You are taken into the lockup. The police look at you as if you were some kind of worm. The interrogation begins while you are still in handcuffs.

Five policemen ask the same questions over and over. You give the same answers, over and over.

After a while, they lose their patience, and begin beating you. The pain is intense. Still, you cannot confess to something you did not do. (more…)

March 9, 2013

Another intruder attempting to break cordon killed

Nigel Aw

Another intruder attempting to escape the security forces’s cordon in Lahad Datu this morning was shot dead, says inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.
“At around 6am this morning, one of the intruders attempted to escape from the cordon at Tanjung Batu.

“An exchange of gunfire ensued and security forces managed to shoot him (at around 8am),” he told a press conference at Felda Residence Sahabat this afternoon.

July 15, 2012

Crime statistics: Who cares?

Justin Santiago

The recent attempted attack on a high-profile target in a high-profile location — no less than Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya — puts the debate on the perception that crime rates are rising in Malaysia to rest.

Forget about the statistics and who has got it right or wrong or whether they have been obfuscated or not. The plain fact of the matter — as the above reported incident has shown — is that criminals have become bolder and that even the prime minister had better look over his shoulder lest he becomes part of the statistics.

Crime is no longer confined to dark alleyways at odd hours of the night. It is increasingly happening in public places — car parks in malls have been a hot favourite recently — and in broad daylight. (more…)

May 14, 2010

Saving the police

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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By Wong Chin Huat editor@thenutgraph.com

WILL the late Aminulrasyid Amzah be the last victim of state violence? Like political aide Teoh Beng Hock‘s death in custody — the anniversary is two months away — the extra-judicial killing of Aminulrasyid has caused a lot of anger because he was not one of the “usual suspects”.
What if Aminulrasyid were 25 and not 15, or if he were a mat rempit? Would Malaysians be so outraged that more than 68,000 would join the Facebook group KAMI BENCI KEKEJAMAN POLIS MALAYSIA! — JUSTICE FOR AMINULRASYID? Would thecabinet have issued a condolence statement? Would an eight-person panel with eminent membership but doubtful powers make a late night visit to the scene of his death?

There have been many Aminulrasyids and Teohs out there, but because many have had criminal records or tainted reputations, their deaths at the hands of enforcement authorities have gone unnoticed. (more…)

July 30, 2009

Police and your basic rights

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:01 AM
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By Sim Kwang Yang

PDRM arrestWhen you are stopped by a policeman by the roadside, or called in for questioning, or arrested for some alleged crimes, do you know all the basic rights?  Or are you so scared you just let him do what he wants to do with you?

Remember that time when Wong Chin Fatt was detained at the brickfields police station for wearing black T shirt or some silly charge like that?  About 20 people went to the police station and held a candle light vigil to give him moral support outside the fencing.

The policemen in the station got excited and rushed out to arrest them.  Five lawyers went to the police station to offer their legal counsel and they too were arrested. (more…)

May 1, 2009

Crime, Punishment and Torture

By Pak Bui


My car window was smashed by a man on a motorcycle, outside a coffee shop at dusk, one evening. A passerby gave chase on his motorcycle and saw the thief’s licence plate, but the thief escaped. I went to the central police station to make a report. The policewoman on duty wrote the thief’s licence plate number down. Then she asked “Jadi, mengapa mahu buat laporan ni?” I explained patiently that I wanted to prevent future crimes.

I was referred to another police station. The detectives on duty there were nothing like the intelligent, glamorous types we see on television. An elderly man’s bag had been stolen while he was practising tai chi. One detective joked the old man should have used some other martial art to stop the thief. My tour of the stations, in my car with newly improved ventilation, took three hours. The report came to nothing: the licence plate was a fake.

Violent crimes increasing nationwide

Violent crime rates, of far more concern than a broken car window, are increasing. Even in Sarawak, traditionally a tranquil place, most people know someone whose bag has been snatched, or whose house has been broken into, or who has been robbed.

Crime rates have long been on the rise, too, in Peninsular Malaysia. Last month, in Cheras, Selangor, a young woman was abducted at noon in front of a bank, and bundled into a Honda CR-V, while her husband sat waiting in a car. The woman was released five hours later. No ransom was mentioned in the Star newspaper report. District police chief, Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim, was quoted as saying “We do not have much information yet but we will make some arrests soon.” Perhaps a lack of information is no obstacle to making arrests in Cheras: the police might simply round up the usual suspects.

Crime statistics are malleable (more…)

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