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LANGKAWI – Kedah Police plans to establish a Tourist Police Unit to ensure the safety of tourists in Langkawi.

Kedah Police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya said the establishment of Tourist Police Unit is in line with Langkawi’s status as an international tourist destination.

“A working paper on the proposal will be submitted to Federal Police Headquarters Bukit Aman for approval in the near future.

“The establishment of Tourist Police Unit is to specifically serve the needs of tourists,” he told a press conference after closing a Basic Police Constable Training Programme at Police Training Centre (PULAPOL) here, today.

A total of 593 police constables completed the six months training programme.

Zamri said he had discussed the matter with Langkawi Police chief Supt Dr Che Ghazali Che Awang and believed the establishment of Tourist Police Unit will convince more tourists to visit the resort island.

On another note, Zamri said three people from Kedah who joined the Daesh militant group had been killed in Syria.

“We are monitoring private pondok religious schools to curb the spread of Daesh militant activities,” he added. – BERNAMA


PETALING JAYA: Police have barred controversial orator Dr Zakir Naik from giving a talk organised by Universiti Teknikal Malaysia in Malacca.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would not allow the talk based on public order and sensitivities of the multi-religious society.

“@PDRMsia has decided not to let this forum to proceed for public order and religious sensitivities in Malaysia,” he tweeted on Monday.

The talk, Similarities Between Hinduism and Islam, was scheduled to be held on April 17 at the university.

Dr Zakir’s presence in Malaysia has ruffled feathers, with MIC Youth which reportedly lodging multiple police reports against him.

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) had also asked the Government to ban the preacher from entering the country.

Dr Zakir, the Islamic Research Foundation president, started a series of lectures in Terengganu last week, on the invitation of the state government.

He was scheduled to talk at the hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil on Apr 16, in a forum titled “Is the Quran God’s Wrath.”

Dr Zakir last visited Malaysia in 2012. His presence then also received similar protest by the Hindu community.

Dr Zakir, a recipient of Tokoh Maal Hijrah award in 2013, had reportedly angered the Hindu community by insulting their deities along with the vegetarian practices of the faith.

He has also been denied entry into Canada and the United Kingdom in 2012 after reportedly expressing support to terrorist group Al-Qaeda.-The Star Online


KUALA LUMPUR – Fifty-seven motorcycles were seized and 224 summonses issued under ‘Ops Sepadu’ carried out in and around Bangsar and other parts of the capital, here last night.

Kuala Lumpur Traffic Police chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain said the nearly five-hour integrated operation which ended at about 2am and involved various agencies including the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Road Transport Department and the Land Public Transport Commission.

“The summons issued were for various offences, among them registration plates that did not conform to the legal requirements, no driver’s licence, expired licence, failure to display ‘P’ stickers (new licence holders) and drivers not wearing seatbelts,” he said in a statement here today. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – Concerned over the large number of road deaths, the government has set up a new department in the police force for traffic enforcement and to address road accidents.

The Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division has been set up to replace the Public Order and Traffic Department, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in an announcement today.

“According to police statistics, the number of road accidents last year was the highest yet at 489,606 while the number of deaths was 6,706 in the 6,193 fatal accident cases recorded,” he said at the 209th Police Day celebration at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here.

Najib said the Royal Malaysia Police would also set up the Digital Counter-Messaging Communication Centre at Bukit Aman on April 1 to combat the threat from the Daesh militant group.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia was fortunate compared to the countries faced with terrorist threats and that the police must be congratulated for remaining committed to protecting the country from any terrorist threat.

“This is a threat that we cannot take lightly. We must be firm, bold and serious to ensure that Malaysia remains safe and the people live in peace at all times,” he said.

Najib also said that the government always had the welfare of police personnel in mind and would strive to build more living quarters at several police bases throughout the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar were also present at the event.

Earlier, Ahmad Zahid and Khalid joined worshippers for Friday prayers at Masjid Solihin in Pulapol. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – Former assistant director for General Policing in the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (CPCSD), Bukit Aman, SAC Zazali Hashim has been appointed as Kuala Lumpur police CPCSD chief, effective today.

Zazali who was recently promoted to the rank of SAC, replaces SAC Abdul Razak Abdul Majid who will go on compulsory retirement from March 20.

The handing-over of duty today was witnessed by Kuala Lumpur police deputy chief Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali at the contingent headquarters, here.

In his speech, Abdul Hamid said Kuala Lumpur police thanked Abdul Razak for his services and contributions while heading their CPCSD since July last year.

He said although it was for a short while, Abdul Razak had implemented many crime-prevention programmes.

In welcoming Zazali, Abdul Hamid said he believed that with the former’s presence, Kuala Lumpur police would continue to move forward. – BERNAMA


LABUAN – Labuan police has formed a new patrol unit to effectively address crime in the duty-free-island.

The Motorcycling Patrol Unit (MPU) will be tasked to conduct patrolling at least 16 to 24 hours daily with housing estates being its main focus, said Labuan police chief Supt Adzhar Othman.

“It will complement the community policing programmes. We hope we will be able to deliver to the people’s expectation,” he told reporters after flagging off the patrol unit at the Labuan District Police compound today.

He said various programmes were being drawn up to create awareness among residents including school children and students of higher learning institutions, on crime prevention.

“We need to get people to be with us in minimising crime. Labuan’s image as a business and economic-based destination must be safeguarded in the interest of the people and the nation,” he said.

Adzhar said house break-in cases have increased slightly since January this year.

“We are also looking at drug trafficking and abuse. We must get to the bottom of it. Curbing illegal activities to reduce the crime index remains our objective,” he said.

He said Labuan police’s anti-narcotics team had set up its own intelligence unit to combat such crimes. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – Police from the Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department shot dead two hired killers in a shootout in Sibu, today.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said following the shooting, police managed to solve at least seven murder cases and assassination attempts in the state.

“Well done Sarawak @PDRMsia in an exchange of fire in Sibu, shot dead two hired killers, solving seven murder cases/ attempted murders. #GoPDRMGo,” Khalid said in his official Twitter page today. – BERNAMA


JOHOR BAHRU – A man who allegedly struck his wife with a shoe at the Air Hitam toll plaza in Batu Pahat, in a case which went viral on Facebook was arrested in Kluang last night.

The 44-year-old suspect was picked up about 7.30pm from his home in Taman Sri Kluang.

Batu Pahat police chief, ACP Din Ahmad said initial investigations revealed the suspect suffered from mental illness and was treated at the Kluang Hospital.

In a statement here today, he said the police seized a pair of black shoes which were used in the alleged attack on the victim, three days ago.

He said the suspect had been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations. – BERNAMA


KUANTAN – Pahang Police chief Datuk Seri Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani today advised police officers and personnel in the state to use the stairs more often.

“If you want to go up to the second or third floor, it is better to use the stairs,” he said when advising police officers and personnel in the state to take care of their health and not become overweight or obese.

“Refraining from using the lift can also help to save electricity,” he told reporters after attending the Pahang Police headquarters monthly assembly here.

Sharifuddin said being overweight or obese would reduce their chances of getting promoted, as was stated recently by Bukit Aman Director of Management Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah.

“We need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including by participating in the physical and aerobic exercises to be held every Friday from now on,” he said.

He said policemen aged 40 and above would be required to see their doctor at least twice a year and would be monitored by department heads and district police chiefs.

Earlier, in his speech, Sharifuddin said the crime index in Pahang last year had declined by 15.96 per cent or 882 cases compared to the previous year.

He said that based on the state CID crime index statistics report, 4,645 criminal cases were reported last year compared to 5,527 in the previous year.

The number of criminal cases resolved increased to 50.87 per cent last year from 50.14 per cent the previous year. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysian Police will track down individuals or certain parties who have stirred anxiety and fear among the public through dissemination of false information or threat of terrorists.

Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said efforts to track down those involved was being carried out in collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, as well as other relevant agencies.

“For instance, recently several false bomb threats had been made via phone calls…we will not let them get away but will detect them,” he told Bernama adding that those found guilty of spreading false news would be punished.

Meanwhile, crime analyst Kamal Affandi Hashim advised members of the public against spreading unverified information particularly those involving security.

“They (the public) should always check the authenticity of any news they receive before making the news viral on social media, which can lead to all sorts of speculation.

“Besides that, it can bring negative impact to the society as it will cause panic among the public and even to those who read such information,” he said. – BERNAMA