New CPO takes firm stand against misconduct among cops

Comm Shuhaily: Personnel under investigation are innocent until proven guilty

NEWLY appointed Penang police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain has vowed that he will not compromise on principles by allowing misconduct committed by any of his personnel or officers.

Comm Shuhaily said since he took over the position of state police chief, six low-ranking police personnel were investigated for extortion, drugs and graft.

“Three of them are being investigated for corruption while another three for criminal offences,” he said.

Comm Shuhaily, however, stressed that the personnel were innocent until proven guilty.

He said he would not take the matter lightly and would ensure that his men in blue continue to work with integrity so that the people can trust the force.

Comm Shuhaily was the former deputy director of Bukit Aman’s E1 Special Branch. The 49-year-old took over the post of state police chief from Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan on July 1.

On a separate matter, Comm Shuhaily said the cases of domestic violence in the state had shown an increase between January and June this year.

This year, a total of 239 domestic violence cases were reported in Penang compared to only 177 cases that were reported in the same period in 2020.

“The victims of domestic violence cases are all women and one of the reasons for the increase is the stress people are facing due to the pandemic,” he said.

Comm Shuhaily said other reasons that contributed to the increase in domestic violence were misunderstanding, drug influence, financial and children problems, jealousy, depression, and intoxication.

Meanwhile, in giving an update on the crime rate in the state, Comm Shuhaily said Penang recorded a total of 1,623 cases between January and June this year.

He said the number showed a decrease of 461 cases or 22.1% compared to 2,084 cases previously.

“However, for theft cases in the state, there was an increase with a total of 768 cases reported between January and June this year,” he said.

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