Thursday, April 19th, 2007
No reports of gangsters going on holiday: Police chief
MIRI: No reports have been lodged on gangsters going on holiday but the Immigration Department has a record of entries and departures of Malaysians or Sarawakians going overseas.
Miri police chief ACP Abang Abdillah Datuk Abang Othman revealed this when responding to a question from the press on the recent development and reports in the media that some gangsters were bringing their families on holiday to avoid being arrested.
Abdillah assured the public that police were monitoring closely the recent arrests of gangsters in other divisions including Miri, and would not hesitate to put them behind bars for offences committed.
He said Miri police knew the movement of so-called gangs here and were monitoring their movement from time to time. If enough evidence could be gathered, they would be brought to justice.
Abdillah said Miri Police would monitor crimes involving gangsters in a continued effort to combat crime here.
He said gangsters involved in criminal activities including Alongs were a menace and danger to the public, so would be nabbed upon receiving concrete evidence from their victims.
No one can escape the law including gangsters, and the police will continue its operation to crack down on gangsterism, Abdillah told The Borneo Post when contacted at his office in IPD Miri yesterday.
On the other hand, Abdillah urged the public not to spread rumours or induldge in coffee shop talks on crimes involving gangsters, but to lodge any incident to the police so action could be taken against them.
Lodge reports on gangster activities and the complainants identity would not be revealed for their safety, he said.
Meanwhile the task force led by Bukit Aman to curb gangster activities has led to the arrest of a few gang leaders in Sibu and its members in Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.
The new concept in crime prevention in Miri city introduced by the new Miri police chief has resulted in a drastic downward trend in crime occurrence here.
More officers and personnel have been deployed in red areas to curb crime especially housebreaking.