Orang asli cop takes the helm

Supt Teh (left) handing over his duties to ACP Ramli with SAC Mohd Zakaria witnessing the ceremony at the Penang police contingent headquarters.

ASSISTANT Comm Ramli Mohd Noor, the country’s highest ranking orang asli policeman, is now the new Penang Commercial Crime chief.

The 57-year-old, who has served the force for 31 years, is taking over from acting chief Supt Teh Eng Hin.

ACP Ramli, a descendant of the Semai tribe from Pos Mensoon in Cameron Highlands, was previously the Negri Sembilan Commercial Crime chief with the rank of Supt since 2007.

“I will work harder to strengthen the department.”

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad represented state police chief Commisioner Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi to witness the handing over of duties ceremony at the Penang police contingent headquarters on Friday.

“I believe with his experience, he can execute his duties well,” he said.

In a separate matter, SAC Mohd Zakaria said the police needed more time before they could interview the carpenter who was shot by a gunman at Kampung Bukit Merah in Bukit Mertajam.

“We will let him recover from the trauma before we record his statement,” he said.

It was reported that the 23-year-old victim was returning to his workplace on a motor-cycle after going for drinks on Oct 8 when he was shot by a gunman.

In another case, SAC Mohd Zakaria said they were tracking down a group of robbers who robbed a jewellery shop in Chai Leng Park in Butterworth on Sept 29.

“We believe the group is highly mobile and was involved in other cases too. Therefore, we are working with other state contingents to identify them,” he said.

It was reported that three robbers wearing full-face helmets barged into the shop, smashed the display cases with sledgehammers and carted off with RM600,000 worth of jewellery. A fourth accomplice, brandishing two pistols, then fired a warning shot before they fled on two motorcycles.

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