Police: Health card fakes confined to Ranau area

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  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police believe that the discovery of fake health cards being sold is confined to the Ranau district.

"Our initial investigations do not show that this is something that involves a larger syndicate or that it is happening out of Ranau," Sabah deputy police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said during a press conference here on Wednesday (July 17).

However, Zaini said they were still investigating the case following the arrest of a suspect recently.

The suspect, who is a health official from the Ranau district, was arrested on July 10 and is now out on police bail.

He is alleged to have received numerous health card applications from food handlers at a fee of at least RM100 each since 2014.

During the press conference, Zaini also said police seized five homemade air guns from a house on July 16.

The house is believed to be a drug addicts' den, 

"The guns were found stored under a bed in the house in Kg Seri Serbang Bongawan, Papar," he said, adding that drug paraphernalia was also found in the house.

He said a team of police had gone to raid the house at about 10.30am for a drug-related case but found the firearms instead.

Zaini said a suspected drug addict who was in the house managed to flee when he noticed policemen approaching.

"We are hunting for the suspect and investigating what these firearms are for, whether they are for sale or they belong to different people," he said.

He also urged owners of illegal firearms to surrender their weapons.

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