Crackdown on illegals in Sabah

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Apr 2003


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police is launching a crackdown against illegal immigrants in the state following the killing of a 12-year-old boy and an off-duty policeman in the past week. 

Both deaths involved foreigners who had difficulties getting jobs, said State Police Commissioner DCP Datuk Ramli Yusuff, noting that Sabah’s crime rate had increased over the past four months compared to the same period last year. 

“They are desperate and are looking for easy targets,” he said, adding that there had been at least five cases within three weeks of students being robbed, some just outside their schools.  

In the most recent case, a 19-year-old student was robbed by a foreigner, who was armed with a knife, inside a bus. 

“Many of these foreigners are drug addicts and they won't hesitate to kill,” he said yesterday. 

DCP Ramli said the crackdown against illegal immigrants would initially focus on Pulau Gaya.  

The police were also looking out for the third suspect in the fatal stabbing of Adrian Wong Kia Chun, 12, outside a shopping centre here last Saturday.  

Police had considered the case solved following the arrest of two suspects aged 19 and 20, both of whom were drug addicts, he added. 

Three men had robbed Adrian of RM14 but the boy was stabbed when he went back to them, begging for bus fare so that he could go home. 

DCP Ramli also said police had arrested 11 people aged between 30 and 40, including a woman, for the shooting of Kpl Alam Hamzah at Menggatal last Monday.  

Investigations had so far shown that jealousy was the motive in the killing of the policeman who was shot in the head with a semi automatic shotgun, DCP Ramli said. 

He said the car driven by Kpl Alam was recovered in Keningau where some of the suspects were arrested. 

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