Stern warning to cops


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  • Saturday, 18 Oct 2014

MALACCA: Historic City’s top cop Deputy Commissioner Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye issued cautionary note to his men from refraining themselves from being swayed in joining militant groups or their activities through its online recruitment drives and call for terror blitz.

The Malacca Chief Police Officer warned that severe disciplinary action would be initiated against his officers if they were found to have abused the usage of Internet for the wrong reasons, including responding to postings made by such groups,

Although his statement didn’t refer to any terrorist group but DCP Chuah is believed to have insinuated the pro-Islamic State (IS) fighters who are aggressively recruiting members from all over the globe.

When contacted later, DCP Chuah said the cautionary note was issued in the wake of the recruitment drive luring Malaysians to join militant groups.

“It’s just a general statement with recent slews of Facebooks shares on such recruitments and perhaps my men were also recipients of such postings.

“Therefore, I am reminding them to be mindful of such postings and avoid sharing it with others,” he said.

DCP Chuah said he also asked recipients from Malacca police who receive such postings to lodge police reports.

“Previously, my officers have lodged reports on seditious postings on social media and I want them to do the same if they receive any such

luring from militant groups,” he said.

On Wednesday, Bukit Aman expressed fear that pro-Islamic State websites may be used to encourage “lone wolf” attack in Malaysia.

The cautionary note also delved on the posting of any religious or racial slurs on social media where police officers could face action if they were found to have done so.

Apart form that DCP Chuah also reminded his men not to surf smuts or distribute any of such materials through the Internet.

“We too should ensure that no leakage of investigation papers or cases under probe made available (online),” he said.

Earlier, DCP Chuah witnessed ceremony to welcome the new Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Shaikh Abdul Adzis Shaikh Abdullah at Melaka Tengah contingent headquarters here.

He also commended the state’s commercial crime department for decreasing the number of cases drastically this year.

DCP Chuah noted that between January and September 2013 some 711 cases were registered with amount involving RM31.8mil while the number

dwindled to 22% with 554 cases during the corresponding period this year.

He said the amount of loses suffered by victims also shrunk to RM10.2mil for the first nine months of the year.

“The number of arrests made increased to 238 individuals in contrast to 155 in 2013,” he added.

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