Wednesday June 20, 2007
Police to work with other agencies to stamp out gangs in Sarawak
KUCHING: The Police will work with other enforcement agencies in Sarawak to wipe out the gangster menace in the state.
This is because some gangsters are involved in illegal activities under the jurisdiction of the other agencies, including the Immigration and Customs departments as well as local authorities.
State Commissioner of Police Deputy Comm Datuk Talib Jamal said enforcement officers of these agencies also faced threats from gangsters when carrying out their duties.
For instance, Customs officers are threatened and surrounded by thugs when conducting checks on sale of illegal beer or cigarettes.
When the police come the thugs run away.
This happened in Miri and Sibu.
So, I have told my officers that the next time this happens, they must arrest the thugs for obstructing public servants from carrying out their duty or for criminal intimidation, he said.
DCP Talib was speaking at an inter-agency meeting on tackling gangsterism held at the state police headquarters here on Wednesday.
He said police would work together with the agencies to provide security wherever it is needed.
Representatives from the Immigration and Customs departments as well as from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Department, the Anti-Corruption Agency and local authorities attended the meeting.