Zahid: Ministry on the look out for Special Branch leak

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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PUTRAJAYA, June 4 — Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said that the Home Ministry is investigating the source of a report claiming that 80 per cent of Malaysian border officials are corrupt.

He said the leak should not have happened as not even the police have been able to confirm the percentage of corrupt officials manning the country’s borders.

“We are tracing the person who had confirmed the report. Although I know the reporter who had gotten the information, this shouldn’t happen because even PDRM couldn’t confirm the percentage,” Zahid told reporters today after his ministry’s monthly gathering here.

Yesterday, local daily the New Straits Times cited the police’s Special Branch as claiming that 80 per cent of Malaysian law enforcement officers at the country’s borders were engaged in corruption, with some purportedly also on the smuggling syndicates’ payroll instead of merely taking bribes. Read more

Ex-CJ’s remarks on cops ‘off the mark’, says IGP

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Ex-chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah says death in custody happens where there is little focus on respecting the rule of law or the sanctity of human life. ― File pic

Ex-chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah says death in custody happens where there is little focus on respecting the rule of law or the sanctity of human life. ― File pic

Former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah’s remarks about the police force during a forum recently was “off the mark”, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

In a statement rebutting Dzaiddin, Khalid insisted that there were more good cops rather than bad cops in the country, and said there were many who would be “willing to give their lives to the nation”.

“To charge us with practicing the unwritten rule of the blue wall of silence in protecting our own kind is preposterous,” Khalid said.

Dzaiddin said in a forum recently that the police’s indifference to the rule of law was the cause of deaths in custody in Malaysia.

Dzaiddin also presided over a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Police Reform in 2004, which recommended the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), one that has not been followed by the police to date.

During his keynote address at the forum titled “Rogue Cops: Workable Solutions – Police Accountability in Malaysia“, Dzaiddin said the lack of training and understanding contributed directly to police’s lack of regard for life, liberty and rule of law. Read more

IGP: Police are not above the law [1]

Source: New Straits Times Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are the enforcers of the law, and have never considered themselves to be above the law, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar .

Khalid was responding to remarks made by former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah during his speech at the Public Forum – Rogue Cops: Workable Solutions – Police Accountability in Malaysia on May 30 which was jointly organised by the Malaysian Bar and National Human Rights Society. Read more

IGP: Police are not above the law

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The police have never considered themselves above the law, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said the police were not only enforcers of the law, but subject to the same law.

“We do not deny the existence of a handful of black sheep who flout the law.

“But they only form a small portion of the police force. It cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be termed as ‘institutional’,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He was commenting on a speech made by former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, at a public forum entitled “Rogue Cops: Workable Solutions – Police Accountability In Malaysia“, last week. Read more

KPN jangka penggalian kubur Wang Kelian selesai minggu depan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Operasi menggali kubur besar dan mengeluarkan mayat di Wang Kelian, Perlis dijangka selesai sebelum Rabu, kata Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 4 Jun, 2015.

Operasi menggali kubur besar dan mengeluarkan mayat di Wang Kelian, Perlis dijangka selesai sebelum Rabu, kata Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 4 Jun, 2015.

Thailand setuju pasukan forensik dan keselamatan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) menggunakan laluan di Satun, Thailand bagi menuju ke kubur besar Wang Kelian, Perlis.

Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar berkata, pasukan mereka akan menjalankan operasi penggalian kubur untuk mengeluarkan semua mayat dan ia dijangka selesai sebelum Rabu depan.

“Mulai hari ini pasukan kita akan masuk menggunakan 8 kenderaan untuk menjalankan operasi menggali kubur mengeluarkan jasad dan kita jangka selesai sebelum Rabu. Kita harap dapat selesaikan semua itu,” katanya pada sidang media di Pusat Latihan Polis (Pulapol), Kuala Lumpur.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Khalid tidak menolak kemungkinan individu dikenal pasti sebagai “Yassin” yang disyaki merupakan ejen sindiket pemerdagangan manusia di kawasan hutan Wang Kelian mempunyai hubung kait dengan warga tempatan. Read more

Human trafficking syndicates pack Rohingyas in rented premises in Perai

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A group of rescued migrants of mostly Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh gathered on arrival at the new confinement area in the fishing town of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province May 15, 2015. — AFP pic

A group of rescued migrants of mostly Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh gathered on arrival at the new confinement area in the fishing town of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province May 15, 2015. — AFP pic

BUTTERWORTH, June 4 — Most ethnic Rohingyas brought into Penang by human trafficking syndicates are packed in rented premises in Perai.

The Rohingya refugees work in small factories in Mak Mandin, Bagan Dalam and Perai and at construction sites in order to avoid detection by the authorities.

Nurul Islam Yusuf Jalal, 63, said some of his family members and friends came into this country via arrangements made by human trafficking syndicates operated by Rohingyas.

“The syndicate’s agents persuaded the Rohingyas in Myanmar to come to Malaysia by promising them jobs.

“Upon arrival, they were packed in rented premises, mostly in Perai and were forced to give a monthly sum to the syndicate members. Read more

IGP: 35 bodies recovered in Perlis, exhumations to be completed by next week

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A policeman carries plastic bags containing human remains exhumed from graves dug around human trafficking camps near to Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis. The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking have been found. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, June 7, 2015.

A policeman carries plastic bags containing human remains exhumed from graves dug around human trafficking camps near to Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis. The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking have been found. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, June 7, 2015.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 — Work on digging up the 91 graves in the second phase of the operations in the Mata Ayer Forest Reserve, Lubuk Sireh, Perlis, which began today, is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said eight vehicles carrying the forensic and security teams of the police force had entered the area to carry out the operations.

“God willing, we expect the operations to be completed before next Wednesday,” he told reporters after attending the annual general meeting of the PDRM Welfare and Sports Club (KKS PDRM) 2015. Read more

M’sian police to exhume 91 more bodies from burial plots close to Thailand

Source: New Straits Times Online

KANGAR: Some 200 policemen began their journey to death camps close to the Perlis-Thailand border to exhume bodies from 91 burial plots there today.

Perlis police chief SAC Shafie Ismail said 180 men from the General Operations Force (GOF), forensics police officers and criminal investigation team had headed to Thailand at 8.30am.

“They have entered via Wang Kelian and Padang Besar today.

They are expected to return by Monday,” he said when contacted. Malaysia has been given a five-day period beginning yesterday to enter the hills via Thailand.

 

Probe on over border corruption

Source: The Star Online

SUBANG JAYA: Police will probe the revelation by Special Branch that more than 80% of enforcement officers at the border are corrupt, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar.

“Now that this has been uncovered, swift action must be taken by Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standards Compliance Depart­ment,” he said after attending an awards presentation ceremony at a hotel here yesterday.

Noting that what happened in Perlis was considered a wake-up call for all agencies involved in securing the country’s border, Dr Wan Junaidi said the Home Ministry would also investigate the matter. Read more