Unsafe for the Undesirables

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang CPO Sr. DCP Dato' Abdul Rahim Hanafi showing the guns recovered from this morning's shoot out in Sg Nibong

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang CPO Sr. DCP Dato’ Abdul Rahim Hanafi showing to media the firearms recovered from this morning’s shoot out in Sg. Nibong

The Police is making their move, as a response to the rampant shootings and assassinations lately across the country. Ops Cantas, which is believed to be a crackdown since early this morning is aimed towards taking on all the ‘undesirables’.

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19 August 2013| last updated at 08:55PM

‘Ops Cantas’ rounds up 200 suspects

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GEORGE TOWN: The police have rounded up 200 people under the nationwide operation, ‘Ops Cantas’, which was carried out since Saturday, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the suspects, held in the major operation, were being investigated under the Crime Prevention Act.

“Beginning Saturday, we started a major operation on drug trafficking hotspots, mounted road blocks and held spot checks at entertainment centres and 24-hour restaurants which were frequented by secret society groups.

“To date, we have apprehended 200 people under the Crime Prevention Act in which they could be detained up to 72 days, and after that they would be brought to court for further action,” he said in a press conference at the Penang police contingent headquarters here today.

“We want offences committed under the Crime Prevention Act to be categorised as serious which could be subject to heavy punishment as a lesson to the offenders,” he added. — BERNAMA

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In the recent public outcry for the frightening almost every other day reported news about shootings and assassinations, Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi acknowledges the theory that all these hideous and brutal crimes are related and linked to the 2,600 EO detainees released and over 6,000 persons relived of their restricted residence order.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak promised for the Police to be given what ever tools and resources they need to combat crime, especially serious in nature.

Najib declares willingness to support police in fighting crime

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LATEST UPDATE: JULY 30, 2013 11:49 PM

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the government is prepared to give the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) whatever is needed within reason and affordability to raise the effectiveness of the force in fighting crime, particularly serious crime in the country.

The prime minister also expressed concern over a spate of killings using firearms lately, saying it affected public confidence and increased fear with regard to security and serious crime.

In this regard, he said the police must take immediate action to regain public confidence following the developments with regard to security lately.

“It is up to the police to ask from the government what they require in terms of enhancing the capability within reason and within affordability. We will provide the police (with the necessary tools) to fight organised crime and serious crime in the country.

“We are prepared to consider the request and requirements of the police as long as there is a guarantee to safeguard against abuse of power and human rights,” he said at a media conference after chairing the National Finance Council Meeting 2013 at the Finance Ministry, here.

For immediate action, Najib said the police would use the existing law to implement whatever possible in the fight against serious crime.

In addition, he said a sub-committee comprising several ministers including the Home Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department would be set up.

Najib said the sub-committee would discuss with the Attorney-General and Inspector-General of Police to determine additional provisions in the law that could strengthen the police capacity to act.

“This matter can be brought up at the next Parliament session.

“We cannot allow the situation to persist. Immediate and serious action must be taken by the authorities to bring back public peace and confidence,” he said.

Yesterday, the founder of the Arab-Malaysian Development Bank now known as AmBank, Hussain Ahmad Najadi died while his wife suffered serious injury after being shot from close range at the carpark after coming out from a Chinese temple, the Kuan Yin Temple, at Lorong Ceylon, in Kuala Lumpur.

Last Sunday, anti-crime activist who is also the chairman of MyWatch, R. Sri Sanjeevan was injured after being shot at the junction near Taman Awana Indah, Jempol, Negeri Sembilan.

Another victim of a high-profile murder case was the Deputy Director-General of Customs (Customs/Internal Tax) Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim who was shot while on his way to office in Putrajaya on April 26.

Meanwhile, Najib refuted the allegation by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who claimed that there were “hands influencing the decision” of the judge who dismissed his election petition recently.

“The government has never interfered. We must have confidence in the decision of the court.

“It was also the court that acquitted Anwar before. So why is it that he has no confidence in the judicial system of the country,” the Prime Minister added. – Bernama

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Despite Home Minister Dr Zahid’s call to have EO-like preventive law be enacted, Prime Minister Najib believes that there is a need to balance between the need to maintain law and order for the sake of the majority and upholding the universal principles of human rights.

In addition to that statement, Prime Minister Najib today affirmed his stand that if existing laws and law enforcement mechanism is not adequate, then amendments on existing laws and new ones would be enacted

Published: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:55:00 PM
Updated: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:59:46 PM

Najib: Govt has not finalised decision to bring back preventive law

PUTRAJAYA: The government has not made a decision to bring back the preventive law to fight serious crimes in the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

“We have not made a final decision. We want to see whether existing laws are sufficient at the moment. We are having intensive discussions, whether we require additional laws or not.

“The only problem for preventive law is that, how do you arrest someone if a crime has not been committed? If (it is) on mere suspicion, is it enough (sufficient) to arrest somebody on the basis of preventive law?

“So, that’s the debate we are having at present, and the public must be aware that at the same time, we are concerned about bringing down the crime rate and we are concerned about possible abuses of human rights in the country,” he said after attending the Hari Raya open house organised by the Treasury.

Between April and last month, 23 street shooting cases were reported nationwide, including those involving high-profile or public figures.
Asked whether the existing laws were sufficient, the prime minister said the government was looking at it, adding that the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers were working very closely within the existing laws to study whether such laws were sufficient at the moment.
“I have made a public commitment that if existing laws are not sufficient, we will strengthen the existing laws but with sufficient provisions to safeguard against possible abuses,” he said.

On Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that the current spate of street shootings was the price for freedom that each citizen paid, Najib said the government was looking for the best balance in terms of freedom of human rights and public interest based on our “desire to safeguard public order and peace”.

“The government is looking to ensure that the right of the individual is not compromised while public interest is safeguarded.

“This is the balance we have to achieve to create a more mature society and safeguard the fundamental rights of the individual, but without disregarding our desire to safeguard the public interest as a whole,” he added. – Bernama.

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Needless to say, the Police are taking very decisive actions to check against the persons who are the prime suspects or susceptible to be committing these cold blood murders and serious crimes. They are acting based on existing laws, which include Prevention of Crime Act 1959.

Earlier this morning, in Penang the Police gunned down five persons who are involved in several serious acts of crime which include twelve shootings, over three states..

Published: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 6:47:00 PM
Updated: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:47:58 PM

IGP: Gang members behind 12 murder cases in three states (Update)

BY TAN SIN CHOW

Police officers carrying out investigations at the apartment in Sungai NibongPolice officers carrying out investigations at the apartment in Sungai Nibong

GEORGE TOWN: The five men who were gunned down by police early today were behind 12 shooting cases in three states, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the men, some of whom were members of the notorious gang 04, were involved in at least seven murder cases and two attempted murder cases in Penang, two murder cases in Kedah and one murder case in Negeri Sembilan.

The five were shot dead in an ambush by a special police team at an apartment at about 5am in Sungai Nibong here

Khalid said police also seized three pistols from the five men, aged between 23 and 27.

“We ran a test on the firearms and it was proven that they were used in at least 12 murder or attempted murder cases,” he told a press conference.

 “Seven of the murders and the two cases of attempted murder occurred in Penang. Two of the murders occurred in Kedah and one in Negeri Sembilan.

“All the cases took place over the past year, with the latest in Penang,” Khalid said.

He said police laid an ambush at the apartment block before moving in.

“We were shot at first before we acted in defence and shot them down,” he said.

He said police were tracking down several other members of the gang believed to have been involved in the murders and shootings.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that one of the five shot dead today was the leader of the gang. The gang moved about on the orders of the leader and based on its targeted victims.

“It does not stay in any one place for long so as to avoid detection by the police,” he said.

Khalid said police had been monitoring the gang for several months and had set up a special team to investigate all the murder and shooting cases.

“The investigation and intelligence gathered resulted in today’s success,” he said.

Replying to a question, Khalid said the gang members offered themselves for hire to kill or shoot but they had also killed and shot people out of vengeance and other motives.

He also said that four of the five men had several previous criminal records.

Earlier story:

GEORGE TOWN: Police here have shot dead five men who are believed to be members of the notorious Geng 04.

The shootout occurred at 5am Monday, at an apartment in Sungai Nibong.

The five, believed to be in their 20s, were said to have been involved in the recent spate of shooting cases in the state this year.

Police had been monitoring their activities before moving in on a unit on the 11th floor of the building early Monday.

It is learnt that police have seized three pistols from the scene.

Police officers knocked on the door of the apartment but there was no response. They retaliated when the suspects opened fire from the inside of the apartment.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is expected to hold a press conference in the afternoon over the incident.

A recent spate of shootings in the state and various parts of the country have sparked speculation of a gangland war.

On Aug 8, K. Veerappan, a 37-year-old scrap dealer believed to be associated with Gang 36, was shot dead when he stopped the car he was driving near a traffic light in Anson Road.

A motorcyclist rode up and the pillion rider whipped out a pistol and fired 14 shots, 10 of which hit Veerappan’s neck, cheek and abdomen.

Earlier the same day, a gunman fired at least six shots at a businessman’s bungalow in Jalan Utama. No one was injured in the incident, believed to be a triad’s warning to the businessman.

On Aug 9, a third shooting occurred in the state, in Jalan Datuk Keramat, where a 43-year-old bouncer was hit in the left thigh.

A gunman fired seven shots but only one hit the victim, believed to be one of the top leaders of the Si Lian (Four Tyres), also known as Geng 04.

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EO was used against these ‘undesirable persons’ because they needed to be taken off the streets and away from society. Being detained under EO and bannished into districts away from their home turf, they are being detached from the triad and underworld crime groups. Since they are believed to be leaders and senior operators, the operations of their gangs are impaired if not paralysed.

The Police also believe that since the EO detainees were released, they seamless rejoined the triad and underworld crime groups they were once affiliated with and a nationwide turf war between gangs.

Malaysians as responsible citizens should be playing their role in ensuring that the nation is safe. If they cannot pro-active assist, then no one should be in the way for the Police to carry out their duties as professional law enforcement agents. They should provide the Police information whenever they can, to make sure that fleeing suspected bandits are nabbed.

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20 August 2013| last updated at 12:13AM

Police’s determination prevails in shootout against gang

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KUALA LUMPUR — The police’s success in defeating the five members of a triad gang believed to be involved in gun-related crimes in the country today is the proof of the their undying commitment and determination to combat crime.

While congratulating the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the success had also opened the eyes of many, particularly those who underestimated the credibility of the police force.

“This success proves that they are indeed determined to combat crime, particularly those involving firearms, which have been rampant of late. It also proves that they have discharged their duties in a detailed and efficient manners to ensure that the criminals were successfully defeated,” he said.

Lee said this in response to the shootout at an apartment in Sungai Nibong in Penang at 4.30 am yesterday where five members of a triad gang, who were also believed to be hired killers wanted for murders and attempted murders in three states, were shot dead.

Police also recovered three guns from them, namely a silver Norinco, a silver .38 revolver and a black Walther PPK.

Commenting further, Lee said the success also proved the efficiency and the quick action taken by the police in carrying out raids and taking any action against criminals.

“They (the police) must have made a very careful planning, carried out intelligence activity and collected public tip-off before successfully defeated the criminals, especially those who were wanted for serious or violent crimes,” he said.

Meanwhile, president of the United Anti-Crime Organisation of Malaysia Datuk Dr A. Balakrishnan said the incident proved that the security forces were very attentive and responsive to community concerns especially concerning gun-related crimes.

“They know the community was disturbed and scared by the series of gun-related crimes which have been rampant of late. So, they are determined and committed to combat the crimes. With this success, it goes to prove that they really practiced what they preached,” he said.

As such, he said the organisation hoped that the police would continue fighting crime in the future in order to improve the image of the team in the eyes of the society and the world.

Commenting on yesterday’s morning’s incident, Balakrishan said the five men were probably involved in several shooting cases reported in the media.

“However, further and detailed investigation should be done in order to prove it. If it is true, I would like to congratulate the police for successfully defeating criminals who are considered dangerous and violent,” he said.

Following the many cases of gun-related murders reported lately, the police had also set up a special taskforce to investigate the cases closely.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin was also reported as saying that the Federal Principal Assistant Director of Serious Crime (D9) SAC Datuk Huzir Mohamed would head the task force. — BERNAMA

Read more: Police’s determination prevails in shootout against gang – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/police-s-determination-prevails-in-shootout-against-gang-1.340727#ixzz2cRCX7ANg

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We made the call to do a nationwide campaign for a new preventive law, to help the Police in restoring order and ensuring peace and stability.

Like minded Malaysians also should boldly stand up and tell aloud the Opposition, especially the DAP leaders who are using the opportunity of the Police actions against these ‘undesirables’ by demonising the Police.

The twitter message of Lim Lip Eng, meant to doubt the Police's action in Penang this morning

The twitter message of DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng, meant to doubt the Police’s action in Penang this morning

The shooting of five men early this morning in Penang and the rounding up of these 200 suspects so far is the Police way of sending a very strong message to these ‘undesirable persons’ that, “Malaysia is no longer safe for them”.

Syabas, Polis DiRaja Malaysia.

*Updated 0100hrs 20 August 2013 

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