KUALA LUMPUR: A former police officer has been arrested for allegedly spreading lies about Bukit Aman CID Anti-Vice Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) officers.
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the former inspector, 33, was nabbed in connection with an article, purportedly about a "D7 cartel" in cahoots with the underworld.
The article, which contains a list of names and photos of policemen "connected" to the cartel, has been going viral on social media over the past two weeks.
"The article has created doubt and public unrest as the wrongdoings mentioned in the article involve police personnel and officers," he said in a statement on Saturday (April 17).
"These policemen were linked with various syndicates, including Gang Nicky, Gang Addy Kanna, Gang Tiger 99and Gang Pak Su Bukit Kayu Hitam.
"The allegation has impacted the police force negatively, along with those in Bukit Aman D7.
"As of Saturday, four police reports have been made by four officers whose names were mentioned in the article.
"We opened investigations under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act," he added.
Comm Huzir said police raided a house in Alor Setar Kedah on Friday (April 16) and arrested the former police inspector, who is suspected of spreading the article.
"We seized a laptop, a mobile phone, and other gadgets belonging to the suspect," he said.
Comm Huzir said the suspect was previously placed under surveillance by the Crime Prevention Board to prevent the activity of underworld gangs in Klang.
"We believe he is spreading lies as he is angry on the investigating team for taking action against him, resulting in his dismissal from the police force and being put under surveillance in Alor Setar for two years," he added.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay also refuted the authenticity of the article.
He said police had investigated the list and found no connection between Nicky Gang and the names on the list.
"From investigations so far, those named in the list have nothing to do with Liow" he said.
Comm Ayob added that Johor police would charge police officers involved in organised crime activities, including crime syndicates believed to be led by the fugitive businessman, rather than handing over their names to the police's Integrity and Standards Compliance Department (JIPS).
He also said that the actual list of police personnel and officers allegedly involved in the case would not be made public.
Last month, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador revealed that Liow had at least 34 law enforcement agency personnel under his "payroll".