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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

MP concerned over release of key gang leader

Malaysia Today (6/11/2007): Bintulu Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing yesterday expressed concern over the release of a key gang leader, who was among 23 arrested in ‘Ops Cantas Kenyalang’, a police operation to crush gangsterism in Sarawak.

In a press statement yesterday, Tiong, who is a Justice of the Peace, said a lot of the people in Sarawak had been as shocked and disappointed as he was and he had been flooded with calls to ask why it had happened.

“The people are still deeply concerned with the state of security in Sarawak. Although the police have put in great pains in ‘Ops Cantas Kenyalang’, the people are still worried and are watching closely the developments,” he added.

He said the release had come when the operation was still continuing, and the police were into their second wave of arrests.

“In the calls that I have received, the people wanted to know what had happened.

“Why was the gang leader released at such a time? They are also asking whether the release has come with a special connection or arrangement?” he said.

Tiong promised he would look into the matter for the security of Sarawak and the people.

He said the people were not only disappointed, but were also discouraged by such a development.

“Such action would also demoralise the State police, who had worked so hard to crush the activities of the gangsters,” he said, calling on the police to “keep up with their spirit.”

“Continue with what you have been doing. The people of Sarawak are appreciative of them,” Tiong added.

He said he had heard from an unconfirmed source that the key leader had been released for health reasons.

“I shall find out why,” he said.

According to a Bernama report yesterday, an influential businessman was released unconditionally after his 60-day detention under the Emergency Ordinance 1969.

Sarawak CID chief SAC II Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah confirmed this, saying that the man, in his 60s, had been released after 60 days in detention.


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