Book them, ministry tells police


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003

THE Home Ministry has directed Bukit Aman to identify major unresolved crimes and go all out to book the criminals and syndicates involved in these cases. 

Sin Chew Daily, quoting Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung, reported that the ministry wanted the police to be hot on the trail of these criminals, whose activities had threatened the people’s safety. These unresolved cases included several kidnappings and shootings. 

Last month, the CID tracked down and smashed the notorious M16 Gang, which had terrorised the country for more than two years with a series of armed robberies. 

Quoting sources, the daily reported that top Bukit Aman officials were scheduled to brief Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Home Minister, on the police's reinforced crime prevention efforts.  

Chor, according to the daily, said that the Home Ministry had mapped out new strategies to check weapon smuggling along the Malaysian-Thai borders. 

One of the measures to be used was the installation of scanning machines that cost tens of millions of ringgit per unit at the entry points to prevent weapons being smuggled in by lorries or other vehicles. 

The paper also carried an interview with DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock who talked about the party’s constitutional amendments. 

Kerk told the paper that the setting of a three-term limit for the secretary-general’s post is not to pave the way for certain people to succeed the party leadership. 

He refuted suggestions that it was conceived by party chairman Lim Kit Siang to promote his son (Guan Eng). 

He said the misconception had taken root in the media and this also explained how he came to be described as the “transitional secretary-general” and Lim's “puppet.” 

Sin Chew Daily reported that the MCA has no intention to screen the background of its 1.03 million members. Nor does it plan to vet the past of those who apply to join the party. 

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh, in response to questions from the paper, said that MCA’s records showed that since 1949 the majority of members were law-abiding citizens, except for a handful who breached the laws of the country and were expelled from the party. 

Dr Ting was commenting on a news report which said a businessman, Tan Hock Low, who was advisor to the Jianjarom MCA branch, was shot dead by unknown persons inside a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur last week, just about two months after his datukship was withdrawn by the Sultan of Selangor. 

Dr Ting said the MCA's constitution and existing laws of association were adequate to keep undesirable elements out of the party.  

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