Tip-offs on anti-vice raids a problem


  • Letters
  • Friday, 28 Feb 2003

IT is not a new thing but every time the anti-vice authorities in Selangor plan a raid, the information will leak out to the culprits, according to a special report in Berita Harian

This, said the paper, is one of the problems faced by the state government in its battle against social ills and vice activities. 

The daily said that despite warnings by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo that he would not hesitate to take action against anybody who gave away such information, the leaks continued. 

It said such betrayal was an act of irresponsibility, adding that stern action must be taken against the culprits who leaked out such information to the guilty parties.  

The report also touched on the “tonto” issue, regarding informers who are paid to keep watch on authorities carrying out various enforcement work. 

The paper said this issue too must be tackled at its root source, adding that Dr Khir has also not been spared of being watched. 

In one incident, the Mentri Besar was followed by about 50 suspected “tonto vehicles” until he reached his house. As they were not seen as breaking any law, the authorities could not act against them. 

The paper, nevertheless, commended Dr Khir for being brave and not showing any fear when he was trailed. 

It added that he had been instrumental in a case where 30 prostitutes were nabbed during a recent anti-vice operation code-named Ops Kelawar VIP in Klang. 

Utusan Malaysia, in its editorial, said it was not a secret that the United States was going after Iraq because of its oil. 

It said that should this be the case, oil should be used against the US to compel it to the negotiating table. 

However, it said many Arab countries failed to take up the matter to help a fellow Islamic country.  

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