Hooligans used to bid for cars

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/4/15/nation/17446450&sec=nation

Sunday April 15, 2007

Hooligans used to bid for cars

KUCHING: The gangsters here not only rule on the prices of essential goods like eggs, they also control the citys car auction market.

Kuching OCPD Asst Comm Wong Wai Loong said an auctioneer had revealed during police investigations that some car dealers had used hooligans to bid for cars during auctions and paid them commissions on successful bids.

ACP Wong said this during a crime forum here on Friday night.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who recently highlighted the Sibu gangsterism problem in Parliament, opened the event.

At the forum, it was claimed that gangsters collected RM500 from successful bidders at car auctions.

Saying that he has received telephone calls from the public on similar claims, ACP Wong advised the people to lodge police reports.

Come and see me. We will take action, he said.

ACP Wong said he would deploy police officers to observe auctions for cars, which were mostly repossessed by banks and financial institutions.

Earlier in giving a talk on Gangsterism in Sarawak, ACP Wong said out of the 13 gangs in the state, only the Sibu Wah Kee gang and another gang in Miri were organised while the others were made up of hooligans or thugs.

He said police had, since 2004, taken action against Sibus Lo Han gang and the Wah Kee gang.

The Wah Kee gang leader and several of its members are now under police remand in connection with a kidnapping case.

New state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SAC II Tun Hisan Hamzah, who closed the forum, advised the people not to use gangsters as their protectors.

The police are the legal protectors, make use of us.