Four men detained on suspicion of extorting traders

KUALA LUMPUR: Four men have been detained on suspicion of extorting traders at the Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur, says Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim.

The Kuala Lumpur police chief said the four local men were arrested, following stings conducted at the wholesale market since Wednesday (April 10).

“We believe the four have been extorting the traders daily, demanding payments of about RM40.

“If the traders refused to comply, the suspects threatened that actions would be taken against them," he said when contacted.

Two of the suspects will be remanded until Friday (April 12), while the other two until Saturday (April 13), he added.

“I'd like to stress again that the police have never received police reports on the involvement of gangs at the wholesale market.

“We are committed towards ensuring that those who extorted traders will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

The police also detained 113 foreigners, including 102 Myanmar nationals, for multiple offences, including not having valid documents and overstaying, Comm Mazlan said.

“The foreigners were brought to Jinjang Central lockup.

“We view the influx in illegal immigrants seriously, and appropriate actions will be taken,” he said.

Those with information can contact Kuala Lumpur police hotline at 03-2115 9999, Sentul Police District Headquarters at 03-4048 2225 or any nearby police station.