Cops to review procedures in investigating missing persons


SEMENYIH: Police will review the procedures involved in investigating missing persons cases, says Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic).

He said investigations involving missing persons are treated with the same priority as murder cases.

“Regardless of age, we give these cases high priority,” he told reporters after attending Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s working visit to the General Operations Force Battalion 4 base here on Tuesday (Feb 12).

It was reported that the National Urgent Response (Nur) Alert system was not activated in the case of Siti Masyitah Ibrahim, who went missing on Jan 30 and subsequently was found dead in Pekan, Pahang.

A news portal quoted Pekan OCPD Supt Amran Sidek saying that the Nur Alert was not triggered because her parents were undocumented foreigners.

The Nur Alert is a system that spreads information quickly to help trace missing children below the age of 12 years who could be victims of crime or abuse.

Noor Rashid stressed that the Nur Alert was meant for any child in Malaysia regardless of race, religion or nationality.

“As long as it involves a child, the alert must be made,” he said, adding that in the case of Siti Masyitah, a suspect in his 20s, who was last seen with her, was arrested and confessed to hitting her on the head.

“The reason for the attack was because he was angry that he was insulted by the girl’s family.

“He confessed to hitting her on the head with a stick,” he said, adding that there was no truth to rumours that Siti Masyitah was a victim of organ harvesting.