Behave like adults, IGP tells Umno and Pribumi youths


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Jul 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Shameful and embarrasing. That's how Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) describes the clash between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) youths at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Tuesday.

"They are adults, not children anymore. Getting involved in such things is shameful and embarrassing," the Inspector-General of Police told reporters at Bukit Aman on Thursday.

Eleven people have been questioned by police regarding the incident on July 24 when members of both sides started accusing each other of being "samseng" (thugs) after a scuffle broke out.

The Pribumi Youth wing delegation was en route from Sunway Putra Mall to PWTC to deliver an invitation letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to attend the "Nothing to Hide 2.0" forum featuring Pribumi chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when they were allegedly confronted by Umno Youth members.

A shouting match quickly ensued between Umno Youth exco member Datuk Armand Azha Hanifah and Pribumi Youth information chief Ashraf Mustaqim.

Members of the parties also started shoving each other as tempers flared.

On the pilot e-reporting programme for non-criminal cases, Khalid said it would be expanded nationwide soon.

The programme, which was initially launched at TTDI police station here in March, was later expanded to the six police districts in the city and is now available throughout the Klang Valley.

The programme is to help the public lodge police reports on non-crime cases like misplacing documents.

"It is not for any crime-related or traffic accident cases as there are legal implications in such cases," he said.

Khalid said the number of people nabbed in the ongoing crackdown on organised crime involving youth has risen to 70.

He said the operation was targeted at ensuring that youths and students were not involved in such crimes.

"When we launched (the operation) we targeted those who influenced youngsters and school students to join (gangs)," he said.

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