PENANG: If loans sharks get nasty with police, the police will be forced to be nasty with them, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar has warned.
He said loan sharks were an uncivilised lot and police will not compromise with them.
He said if the loan sharks wanted to be nasty with the police, “we will have to be nasty to them as well.”
“Looks like they are an uncivilised lot,” he said when commenting on the recent spate of incidences involving loan sharks.
“Police will take stern action against loan sharks but the public should also give their co-operation to help wipe out loan sharking activities,” he said.
On Sept 16, police arrested 10 suspects, said to be illegal moneylenders in Petaling Jaya, who had tried to burn the house and welding factory of a man who owed them money.
Last week, three men, believed to be loan sharks, were remanded to help investigations into an incident where a “fireball” was thrown into a man's house in Taman Sri Damai, Jelutong.
Mohd Bakri said police officers who take down complaints involving loan sharking problems have been told to take the cases seriously.
He was speaking to reporters after opening the Police Administrative and Civilian Staff Union (Pacsu) 30th delegates conference here yesterday.
Mohd Bakri noted that police have so far acted promptly on the two cases in Petaling Jaya and Penang, with the arrest of several suspects.
“Unfortunately, many people continue to borrow money from loan sharks,” he said, adding there would be no end to it as long as people continued to approach loan sharks.
On the two Malaysians allegedly involved in the Sept 9 bombing in Jakarta, he said the incident took place in Jakarta and that the Indonesian police were still hunting them.
“The Indonesian police are capable of tracking them. We will give our fullest co-operation to the Indonesian government,” he said.
He said the two suspects were believed to be in Jawa.
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