MIRI: Leaders of both Barisan Nasional and the Opposition have called on the state police to do more to curb the escalation of violent crimes in the state.
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing expressed his worries that gangsterism might be rearing its ugly head once again.
The Bintulu MP said this yesterday following the drive-by fatal shooting of a businessman in a crowded eatery in the heart of a busy commercial centre in Bintulu town in northern Sarawak last Saturday.
DAP State Assemblyman for Kidurong Chiew Ching Sing had already said the shooting incident had resulted in many people expressing worries and fears about the rise in violent crimes in Bintulu in recent times.
Chiew, who is also DAP Bintulu chairman, said the public shooting showed that law and order was getting out of control.
“Bintulu and other urban centres in Sarawak had been hit by a surge in crimes in recent years. There had been increase in robberies, thefts, break-ins and now we have a businessman shot dead in a very public and crowded place,” he said.
“These incidents, in particular the public shooting, have left great negative impact. The police and the relevant government authorities need to do more to curb the rise in crimes not only in Bintulu but also in the other urban centres in Sarawak.”
Chiewsaid the police in the state kept saying that crime rates had gone down.
“However, the realities on the ground reflects a totally different picture. Crimes are getting more intense and complicated and people are worried,” he had said.
Tiong yesterday said the police could not keep on saying that the crime rate had dropped when violent crimes are still aplenty.
“I had raised this issue of gangsterism before in Parliament several years ago. It seems that the menace is resurfacing again in Sarawak.
“I was informed that gangsterism is part of the problem resulting in the spread of the drug trade, prostitution and also extortion where even those traders selling eggs are asked to pay protection money,” he said.
Tiong wants the police to take tougher steps in Bintulu and other parts of Sarawak to enhance public safety.