Attacks fail to scare lawman


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Dec 2007

LABUAN: A senior Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) officer has seen his car damaged twice over the past four months, with the latest being an acid attack. But he remains unfazed over what he believes are attempts at revenge by law-breakers. 

Last September the Labuan-based Lt Norihan Ngah discovered his silver-coloured Honda Civic scratched on both sides. 

The marks: Lt Norihan showing the damage to hiscar bonnet after acid was splashed on it recently.His car was parked near the Labuan MarineDepartment.

Three days ago, he found acid splashed on the bonnet of his vehicle that was parked near the Labuan Marine Department office. 

The commanding officer of KM Bistari, one of the MMEA’s patrol craft in Labuan, believes revenge was the motive behind the attacks. 

“I guess this is not unexpected in our nature of work as law enforcement officers,” said Lt Norihan who skippers the patrol craft that has been actively intercepting smugglers off duty-free Labuan. 

“I am saddened by such acts, naturally, but I have a duty to perform,” he said adding that many of their anti-smuggling missions were based on tip offs by Labuan islanders and villagers in Sabah. 

The 21-crew KM Bistari was recently named the best vessel for Sabah and Labuan after foiling 32 cases such as smuggling over the past year.  

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