Freedom for RM5m

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/3/3/nation/17038739&sec=nation&focus=1

Saturday March 3, 2007

Freedom for RM5m

BY LOURDES CHARLES

KUALA LUMPUR: A high-ranking politician is alleged to have accepted at least RM5mil to assist in the release of several men detained under the Emergency Ordinance.

Police arrested the suspects from various parts of the country for alleged involvement in illegal activities, including gangsterism, loan sharking, vice, violent crime, hijacking and extortion.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan confirmed that several people had been freed from detention recently.

We were also informed that at least two websites had posted allegations and details of the involvement of the politician, who was allegedly paid at least RM5mil.

I will investigate the matter and urge the Anti-Corruption Agency to study the allegations and conduct a thorough investigation, he said.

On the three who had been released, Musa said police had recommended that they be detained under the ordinance after completing their investigations.

He said he would check if those released were those named in the websites.

One of the websites has the names of three people which it alleged had been released. Two of them were picked up in Perak and the third in Sabah.

All were said to have been involved in gangsterism, operating illegal book-keeping rings and businesses such as massage parlours.

One is said to be part of a gang that used violent intimidation to achieve its objectives.

One of those named had been ordered to be placed under restricted residence. The other two were arrested and said to have been recommended to be detained under the ordinance.

The website claimed that all three have now been freed.

Since January this year, police have arrested more than 300 people and have recommended to the Internal Security Minister to detain more than 200 of them under the ordinance.

rm5 million is not a small amount of money
5 orang boleh jadi millionaire tu

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it is understood the deputy minister’s spokesman is going to make a press conference tommorow.

keep us posted on the news.

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Deputy Internal Security Minister Mohd Johari Baharum is being investigated for allegedly accepting more than RM5 million in bribes to free a number of detainees linked to organised crime.

malaysiakini

Johari denies taking bribes, raps police
Mar 4, 07 6:50pm

Deputy Internal Security Minister Mohd Johari Bahrum today strongly denied he had taken bribes amounting to more than RM5 million to free detainees held under the Emergency Ordinance (EO), which allows detention without trial.

also from malaysiakini

Johari Baharum Denies Having Accepted Bribe

JITRA, March 4 (Bernama) – Deputy Minister of Internal Security Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum today referred to an allegation of a senior politician having been bribed to release suspects detained under the Emergency Ordinance and said it was apparently directed at him, but denied having accepted RM5.5 million to release three suspected criminals.

He also said that he was prepared to be subjected to an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), which is said to have begun a probe into the matter.

“The allegation, on a web site and in a newspaper report today, is apparently directed at me but it has been made without basis and proof,” he said.

Johari told reporters he has received many Short Messaging Service (SMS) on all kinds of accusations as well as through the web site directed at many politicians, and added that it was unfair to accept these baseless allegations as the truth.

ACA Director of Investigations Mohd Shukri Abdul was reported as saying that the agency had identified the senior politician referred to and also the witnesses allegedly involved.

The suspected criminals are alleged to have been involved in gangsterism, gambling, prostitution and illegal money-lending.

Mohd Johari had earlier opened the new office building of Koperasi Serbaguna Kaum Ibu Kubang Pasu Berhad in Kampung Lubuk Batu near here.

He said there have been cases of inaction against the identifiable senders of SMS making baseless allegations although these have made many leaders the subject of criticism of the opposition parties.

“I had directed the police to be proactive and not just act swiftly only in cases involving the police,” he said.

He said the police could investigate the allegations and take appropriate action to stem the practice as it had gone on for a long time.

Mohd Johari said that since becoming deputy minister of internal security, he had looked at hundreds of cases under the Emergency Ordinance.

“I need to evaluate all cases carefully based on the police reports. If there is strong evidence and I am satisfied, I will support the action to be taken, otherwise the suspect will be released,” he said.

He said the evaluation involved calling independent witnesses to give evidence and the decision taken was not at all influenced by appeals from various quarters.

The decision he made was fair, on the advice of the officers and lawyers of the ministry, he added.

“No one will be accused indiscriminately because we do not want to abuse the Emergency Ordinance to oppress anybody,” he said.

He said that last February alone, the ministry’s Advisory Board had released 31 out of the 48 people whom he had decided be sent to the Simpang Renggam Detention Centre in Johor.

This happened because the police had not conducted the investigation properly and there was insufficient evidence to detain them, he said.

He also said that of late the police had also not adhered to the standard operating procedure (SOP) in conducting their investigation.

According to the SOP, the police have to send him the file on a case at least 45 days earlier and he would have 15 days to decide whether to detain or release the suspect.

“There are cases referred to me with only three, five and six days for me to make a decision, and this is not fair to the suspect. Some files are sent in after only five or six days of investigation and, owing to this, there are files sent back to the police to complete the investigation, and this includes high profile cases,” he said.

He said the Emergency Ordinance was only used as the last resort to assist the police to detain and investigate in cases without solid evidence to prosecute someone or eradicate crime.

– BERNAMA

Thanks for the updates.

In my purely personal opinion, this news interests me not because it involved bribery, but rather accusations. I have friends whom I’ve known that have been accused of things that they didn’t do but any explaination on their behalf is not accepted and instead shot down prematurely because those who accuse are simply convinced (over a matter of different viewpoints and misunderstandings) that they were wrong, even though the actual truth otherwise. The result is that the ‘truth’ is skewed and spread.

On the other hand, regarding the above news - we’ll just wait for the investigation.

some infos on the 3 detainees

  1. K*** Ch* **ng

K*** Ch* **ng also known as ***** from Setiawan, Perak, was arrested in Dec 2006 under Sec 3(1) Emergency Ordinance. **** is the leader of a Chinese Secret Society. He leads a gang collection protection money from businessmen in Setiawan. His gang members often use threat, criminal intimidation as well as force and violent to achieve their objective. They are responsible in several cases of assault and causing severe injuries in Setiawan. **** is the younger brother of YB Dato ***** , Deputy Minister of *** and ***. Sources said police applied to detained **** under Sec 4(1) Emergency Ordinance was rejested in the mid Jan 2007 and he was ordered by YB Dato Johari Bin Baharom to be released immediately with no further reasons.

  1. Chin **** **

Chin **** **, also known as *** or **** from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, was arrested in Dec 2006 under Sec 3(1) Emergency Ordinance. *** is involving in organized illegal gaming and book keeping in the district of Penampang and Kota Kinabalu. *** is the leader of a gangster group and often uses threat and violent to retain his control over his illegal business empire. Sources said police applied to detain him under Sec 4(1) Emergency Ordinance but unfortunately it was rejected in Mid Jan 2007 and he was ordered to be released with immediate effect. It was believed that a CEO of a private medical centre in Kota Kinabalu had made a payment of RM3 million to Dato Johari Bin Baharom for his unconditional release.

  1. Mo* S** ****

Mo* S** ****, aka *** from Cemor, Perak was arrested in Oct 2006 under Sec 3(1) Emergency Ordinance. *** is a well known leader of the secret society in the state of Perak. His gangsters often use force and violent to gain control of territories. *** also runs the business in vice by using threat and force on foreign women working in massage parlour known as Big Sister Massage Parlour, Jalan Kampar, Ipoh Perak. Sources had that police applied to detain *** under Sec 4(1) Emergency Ordinance but failed. He was later ordered to be place under restricted residence in Tampin Negeri Sembilan for 1 year under Sec 7B(1) Emergency Ordinance. Subsequently in the mid Jan 2007, the restricted residence order was cancelled by YB Dato Johari Bin Baharom, the Deputy Minister of Internal Security and *** was ordered to be released immediately. Sources and closed associates of *** confirmed he settled with YB Dato Johari Bin Baharom for a sum not less than RM2.5mil.