Vital to reassure public after recent security incidents, says Lam Thye

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024


KUALA LUMPUR: A thorough police investigation is the appropriate action to take over a series of recent incidents including the Ulu Tiram police station attack and attempted trespass at Istana Negara, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

The Alliance for a Safe Community chairman said this was necessary to give the people the highest assurance from the authorities, considering the alarming nature of these incidents.

"I believe the people welcome Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail's assurance that the police are exploring all avenues.

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"Any attack on a police station or the police is an attack on the community as well," he said on Tuesday (May 21).

Lee also called on the Home Ministry to include psychologists and academicians in the investigations to provide useful input.

"The incidents could be related to mental health issues or people seeking attention.

"This possibility should be investigated and I hope the results (of the investigations) will be made public so that the public will be assured that such incidents will not recur," he said.

"The lone wolf attack in Ulu Tiram, Johor and the incident in Penang warrant tighter security at all police stations.

"If this causes some inconvenience to the public, I hope they understand, given what occurred recently," he added.

Just before 3am on Friday (May 17), two policemen were killed and another was injured by a "lone wolf" attacker at the Ulu Tiram police station. The assailant was also shot dead at the scene.

At 4.40pm the same day, two men were arrested for attempting to trespass into Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. They pleaded guilty at a Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and were sentenced to two months' jail each.

At 4am on Sunday (May 19), a man reportedly under the influence of alcohol tried to snatch a firearm from a policeman at the Dato Keramat police station in George Town, Penang. He has been remanded until Wednesday (May 22) to help with investigations.

On Monday (May 20), Saifuddin said police were investigating all avenues to see if the recent incidents were coordinated or carried out randomly.

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