Deputy minister linked in gang probe

  • Nation
  • Monday, 25 Jun 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy minister and a senior politician, who is also a tycoon, in Sarawak are under police probe for alleged involvement in gangsterism, illegal logging and attempted bribery of senior police officers. 

Both men, in their late 50s and 60s, are Datuks. Bernama learnt that a team from the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman has been tasked with the investigation. 

The tycoon, who is a branch leader of a state Barisan Nasional component party, is suspected of having attempted to bribe policemen to secure the release of an underworld “don” who is under police custody in Sarawak. 

The “don,” known in the underworld as Le Long, is allegedly linked to the kidnap of a business rival. 

The 43-year-old man was detained when police stormed his house at Oya Road in Sibu on Feb 27.  

Six of his henchmen had been nabbed three days earlier.  

Initial investigations revealed the six were linked to the kidnap of a man who was confined in a house between Feb 6 and 23. 

The victim, who was also tortured, was released when his father reportedly paid a ransom of RM100,000, about RM20,000 less than what the kidnappers had demanded.  

The “don,” described by the Sarawak police as having links with the peninsula-based “Wah Kee” secret society, is being held in Sibu prison, awaiting his kidnap case to be heard in the High Court. 

Federal CID Director Datuk Christopher Wan said: “Our special team is looking into the matter and conducting thorough investigations.” 

Police have so far crippled 17 secret societies in Sarawak, with the arrest of 84 gang leaders and members, since “Ops Cantas Kenyalang” to eradicate gangsterism was launched in April. – Bernama  

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