Sibu sheds gangster image

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 01 Jan 2020

Wong (left) handing over the duty file to Collin while Stanley witnesses the ceremony.

SIBU: This town is now a peaceful place to live in as it has successfully shed its image as a “hotbed” for gangsterism.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the police has ensured that the town is safe for its residents through strict enforcement.

“There is a slight increase in crime for this year but we can still manage the situation. This is not like before when outsiders once considered Sibu the hotbed for gangsterism, ” he said when witnessing a handing over of duty ceremony.

Supt Collin Babat is the new deputy police chief. He takes over from Supt Wong Chee Kiong who is retiring.

Stanley said big crime syndicates no longer exist in the town.

“What we have now is only part-time thieves who steal for their survival, ” he disclosed.

For 2020, he said the police hoped for continuous cooperation from the public in combating crime by giving them tip-offs on criminal activity.

“For the new year, we want the town to remain peaceful. Please abide by the law. Do not resort to crime for survival even if you feel pressured by the poor economic situation you find yourself in, ” he said.

In welcoming Collin, Stanley hoped he would use his vast experience in the force to help maintain the existing peace and stability in the town.

Collin’s last posting was at Kuching police headquarters in the public administration unit.

Stanley also paid tribute to Wong for his contribution to the force here since being appointed his deputy on Sept 10.

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