Fighting monsters with a mask on

AS police officers, we place ourselves at risk when interrogating the bad guys.

Some of these bad guys are monsters who sexually abused their own family members.

To me, these are ruthless people who behave like animals.

I have to probe these horrendous and unforgivable crimes.

Incest cases have gone up during the first movement control order last year.

As the Melaka CID chief, I need to ensure my team submit an airtight case on each abuse case involving children.

This is when I have to be a detective, putting aside my rank to be at the crime scene to collect enough evidence.

There was a time when I interrogated the perpetrators by myself as such investigation required a psychological approach to make an offender confess to his wrongdoing.

I need to handle the investigation professionally although I hate those who raped their own family members.

Sometimes, I get emotionally upset when face to face with these monsters.

And I only trust my face mask to give protection whenever I am interrogating the suspects as well as visiting the hospital to get the outcome of medical examinations.

My team realises that I am serious about getting justice for the victims and they understand why I need to oversee certain investigations by myself.

I am also anticipating another increase in incest cases during the MCO from May 12 to June 7.

The recent prosecution of a father and three sons for raping and sexually abusing their own family member – an 18-year-old teenager – is just the start of our mission to ensure culprits are not easily let off the hook for their heinous crimes.

I am willing to face any risk of being on ground zero during the pandemic to make sure such monsters no longer harm their own.

– Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman, Melaka CID chief.

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