Orders to check serious crime

  • Nation
  • Friday, 27 Jun 2003

THE sudden surge in serious crimes has prompted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to order tougher measures to ensure the public’s safety. 

According to Berita Harian, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the instruction was given by the Prime Minister in view of the rising number of inhumane acts of crime that was causing much concern. 

Dr Rais said he had been instructed by Dr Mahathir to review the effectiveness of legal proceedings, especially those involving heavier sentences, and push for speedier court process. 

He said he would meet Chief Justice Tan Sri Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim soon to discuss the matter, adding that the Criminal Justice Act had to be reviewed before any amendments could be made. 

In the same article, Berita Harian also highlighted recent incidents, including the abduction and subsequent rape and murder of marketing analyst Canny Ong. 

Also reported was the incident involving one Noor Luqman Mahayuddin, who was set ablaze in his own car allegedly out of jealousy. 

Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia highlighted the Government’s intention to ban the import of frozen chicken from China for fear that it may be infected with the avian influenza virus. 

In its front-page article, it said 25 containers in Port Klang containing frozen chicken parts were to be sent back to its country of origin. 

Agricultural Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi was expected to announce the ban in a press conference. 

On May 22, a temporary import ban on chicken produce from China had already been introduced by the Government for the same reason. 

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had also acknowledged receipt of appeals by the Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association (PPIM) for the Government to stop importing the said produce from China due to health reasons. 

He added that a similar appeal was received from poultry breeders. 

PPIM Secretary General Dr Maamor Osman said the virus had already infected poultry in several farms in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

“Individuals eating the contaminated produce will have symptoms of the virus within two weeks,” he said. 

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