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KOTA KINABALU – The two criminals shot dead in Penampang Baru yesterday are believed to have been involved in three armed robberies this month, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said today.

He said the robberies took place at an electrical outlet in Penampang on Oct 6, a supermarket in Kota Kinabalu on Oct 9 and a goldsmith shop in Tuaran on Oct 16.

Jalaluddin said the two men shot dead were aged 50 and 45 and were Filipinos whom the police had been hunting for about three months.

“Based on police intelligence, we often set up roadblocks to haul up suspects of robberies and armed robberies,” he told a press conference.

Asked whether the criminals had had any connection with Sulu militants and had been recruiting new members, he said the matter would be investigated.

Jalaluddin said that at about 4 pm yesterday, a special task force tailed the two men, who were in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, from Kota Kinabalu towards Penampang Baru.

The police recognised the men from photographs of wanted men.

“The vehicle stopped in front of a restaurant and one policeman went to the driver’s door and another policeman, to the front passenger’s door.

“After the policeman at the driver’s door knocked on the window and identified himself as a policeman, the policeman on the passenger’s side spotted the passenger holding a pistol and shouted ‘pistol’. A shootout followed,” he said.

The shootout ended with the two men being shot dead.

Jalaluddin said the police seized two handphones, a wallet, a Browning pistol, a bullet and two shells.

He advised the people not to speculate on the incident, and not to easily trust the news on it in the social media.

He said the situation was under control. – BERNAMA

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MELAKA – Melaka Police plans to raid 40 suspected online gambling premises over the weekend to rid the state of such activity.

Melaka Police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said the integrated operation dubbed ‘Op Dadu’ will involve Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

“I believe the raids will paralyse online gambling. Several premises have already ceased operation,” he told reporters in Bandar Hilir here, today.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had given state police chiefs until Sunday to close online gambling premises and failure will result in their transfer within 24 hours.

Chuah said 307 raids were carried out on online gambling premises in Melaka Tengah district between Jan 1 to Oct 29 this year.

Of the number, 281 raids were successful leading to the arrest of 421 people and the seizure of 4,967 computers worth more than RM2 million. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police shot dead two men, suspected to be members of the Sulu Rebel Army and the ‘driving force’ behind the recruitment of new members, in the vicinity of a shophouse in Penampang Baru, Sabah yesterday.

Initial police investigations revealed that the duo, in their 30s and 50s, had arrived from Kota Kinabalu and attempted an armed robbery in the area.

In the 5pm incident, a police team intercepted a vehicle in which the two men were travelling. At that juncture, the duo tried to resist and the police were forced to open fire, killing them on the spot.

According to a police source, police surveillance on the two men, about a few weeks ago had revealed they tried to recruit new members, spread the so-called Sulu Sultanate ideology in Sabah, as well as preach elements of violence.

“The suspects, who came from Kota Kinabalu were also attempting to commit an armed robbery in the area.

“The police are now tracking down the remnants of this group and they are also believed to be getting active off the east coast of Sabah,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

In February last year, the country was stunned when armed Sulu rebels from southern Philippines, intruded into Lahad Datu and Semporna in Sabah’s east coast, which saw 10 members of the national security forces killed.

However, through a joint army and police operation, dubbed ‘Operasi Daulat’, the rebels were routed. More than 100 rebels were killed and hundreds of their followers captured in the state.

Following the incident, the Malaysian Government set up a security shield to thwart violations, kidnapping and smuggling in Sabah, named ESSZone (Eastern Sabah Security Zone) and ESSCom (Eastern Sabah Security Command).

Meanwhile in PENAMPANG, Sabah, residents panicked when they heard gunshots in the business district of Penampang Baru.

A man in his 30s, who declined to be identified said he was busy at work in a food store when he heard a loud thud.

“I rushed out of the shop and saw a group of armed men wearing ski-masks and firing shots in the direction of some occupants in a four-wheel drive vehicle,” he said.

The food store employee who was hiding in the vicinity said he also spotted a group of policemen arriving at the scene, about 15 minutes later and inspecting the bodies of two men who were earlier, gunned down in the vehicle.

He said he also saw the police take the bodies away in two black plastic bags.

A Bernama survey found that the police had cordoned off two business blocks to prevent the public from entering the area. The situation in Penampang Baru has returned to normal.

- BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) says an independent commission is needed to eradicate graft and misconduct in the police force.

MACC’s consultative and corruption prevention panel (CCPP) chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaafar said today the police should consider this proposal seriously to regain the faith and confidence of the public in the force.

It will be similar to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) which was suggested by a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) years ago.

Renaming it the Independent Police Integrity Commission (IPIC), he said it would be an effective deterrent to all forms of serious misconduct and power abuse by police personnel, including bribery.

Johan led a CCPP delegation to Bukit Aman today where he met Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and other top police officers to discuss ways to counter graft in the police force.

Also present at the meeting was MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Johan said although the CCPP is aware of the issues that arose when the IPCMC was suggested by the RCI, it is of the opinion that IPIC can be the ultimate solution to reform the police force, assuring “check and balance” and transparency.

The recommendation for the IPCMC was initially made eight years ago by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police – a recommendation that was never realised due to strong objections by police top brass who lamented that there would be partial and other unfair policies against its personnel if such commission were to be in place.

Over the years, the police sidelined the recommendation despite repeated calls by various quarters, including the Bar Council, for such a commission to be formed.

In a press conference, Johan said although the newly formed police Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) was tasked to handle power abuse and misconduct, it should be a full-fledged Internal Affairs Division with “more teeth to bite wrong-doers”.

He said this is in line with Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call for the police to emulate the New York Police Department, which had countered corruption within its force after forming a highly effective internal affairs division.

Johan said CCPP and the police force had also agreed to work together on several programmes, including one called the “adopted department programme” where the former will provide consultation and guidance to any “problematic” police unit or division over a certain duration.

Khalid said the meeting was fruitful and the joint cooperation between the police and MACC is a positive move in fighting corruption.

On changing the negative perception of the public on the police force, Khalid said the issue is the mindset of the people and it can only be changed by engaging the public through programmes and other means of interaction.

“This is not only happening here but in other countries. For instance, the crime index has fallen way down at negative (-) 12.4% but when crimes occur, people continue to think it is high,” he said.

Abu Kassim said corruption within enforcement bodies is a universal problem but what is crucial are the efforts being taken to control, if not eradicate it. – The Sun

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have always allowed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate policemen who are suspected of accepting bribes.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had never sheltered its errant officers or policemen but would hand them to MACC for prompt action.

“Indeed, police have been leaving it to the MACC to investigate while the police are more towards investigations related to indiscipline and standard procedures,” he told reporters after receiving a MACC delegation at the Dewan Theatrette, Menara 1, Bukit Aman here, yesterday.

Since 2012, 273 police personnel were nabbed on suspicion of accepting bribes and of the total, 43 were charged in court and 168 are still being investigated, he said.

According to Khalid, the number of policemen accepting bribes during the three-year period had dropped by 12.4 per cent.

“Offences involving corruption does not only involve policemen but also involves any agency with enforcement officers and personnel,” he said.

However, at the same time, there were 17 cases this year involving 50 personnel and officers who rejected bribes.

“Of the total, 36 policemen were awarded for turning down bribes from April to September this year,” he said. – Bernama

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JOHOR BAHARU – The police rescued a 21-year-old after he was abducted by three men, believed to loan sharks at a supermarket in Taman Tun Aminah here last Wednesday.

Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the suspects had demanded a sum of money from the victim’s brother before agreeing to free the victim.

One day after the incident, police apprehended a 24-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman at Taman Mount Austin believed to be involved in the incident,” he told a media conference yesterday.

With the arrest of the two individuals involved, police were led to a 19-year-old man and later freed the victim and recovered his car.

Mohd Mokhtar said a follow-up operation led to the arrest of another two men, aged 22 and 24, in Johor Jaya who were involved in the same incident.

“Police also nabbed five men believed to be loan sharks who are involved in the case,” he said, adding that police also seized various weapons including six machetes, a sword and a knife.

Police also seized a wooden sword, three knuckle dusters, the victim’s identity card and six mobile phones.

Based on a review of previous cases, one of the suspects was found to be involved in five previous criminal cases, he said.

“The success enabled police to solve one abduction case in north Johor Baharu while the suspects are believed to be able to assist investigations on several molotov cocktail attacks in North Johor Baharu, South Johor Baharu and Nusajaya,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Mokhtar said police apprehended seven men aged, between 27 and 65, at a restaurant in Jalan Hang Tuah, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah on Monday.

The arrest was the result of a report by a man yesterday that his house had been splashed with red paint by three men believed to be loan sharks.

“In the arrest, police also confiscated 12 money withdrawal receipts, four receipts of money deposit, six sim cards, two mobile phones, six bank books and cash money,” he said.

He said four of the suspects detained had five previous criminal records. – Bernama

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KUCHING – The Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has denied reports that a victim of the hand grenade blast in Kuala Lumpur has gone missing.

“All 14 victims have been identified and initial investigation found that it did not involve terrorist elements.

“It was an act of revenge involving two rival triads. Let us investigate to identify the suspects,” he told reporters after the opening of ‘Karnival 1KDN’ in the carpark of Stadium Negeri here, today.

The opening was done by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem. Also present was Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Khalid said the police had information on the rival triads before the blast took place.

Asked whether the police will intensify operation against triads because of the blast, he said they are already combating triads via Op Cantas Khas.

“Of course, this is an ongoing thing. Ops Cantas Khas will be conducted on a bigger scale,” he added.

Car jockey Tiong Kwong Yie, 36, was killed while 12 others were hurt in a grenade blast in a nightclub in Sun Complex, Bukit Bintang on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Khalid said the allocation of RM9.1 billion to PDRM in Budget 2015 will help improve the efficiency of its members in performing their tasks.

“I am confident that with over 11,000 members and 1,000 motorcycles for the Motorcycle Patrol Unit, crime prevention will become more efficient.

“The additional police members will also cover the shortage in some police stations,” he added. – BERNAMA

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BUKIT MERTAJAM – Police have recorded the statement of a male doctor following an inspection at a private clinic here, which allegedly offered abortion services.

Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief ACP Rusli Mohd Noor said the doctor aged 54, who was also the clinic owner was detained at 8 pm and released on police bail a few hours later.

“A team from the Health Ministry’s Private Medical Practice Control Unit(UKAPS) was conducting a routine inspection at the clinic. There was a
Nepalese woman inside at the time.

“When asked, the woman replied that she was there for an abortion. Suspecting that the clinic was offering abortion services, the team carried out a more thorough inspection,” he said when contacted here today.

He said police then detained the woman and her male companion, also a Nepalese, in their 30s, to record their statements. They were released after a few hours.

Meanwhile, a state Health Department spokesman when contacted, confirmed the incident but declined to provide more information.

“A full report on the activities of the clinic would be sent to our headquarters in Putrajaya,” said the spokesman.

The UKAPS team also seized various instruments and machines from the clinic to facilitate investigations. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – Police have launched “Ops Albatross” to nab hackers who used malware to siphon over RM3 million from automated teller machines (ATM) of several banks.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mortadza Nazarene said the suspects started by opening the ATM top panel using a common key.

The male suspects believed to be foreigners then inserted a compact disc (CD) into the CD-ROM to spread the “ulssm.exe” malware.

“After removing the CD, the panel closed and they key in codes using the keyboard after receiving a phone call from a friend.

“This allowed them to withdraw money from the ATMs,” he said in a statement here, today.

Mortadza said the ATM card slots were then stuffed with SIM card, paper or cigarette butts to block withdrawals by the other users.

Yesterday, the police said a syndicate escaped with more than RM3 million after hacking into 17 ATMs in Selangor, Malacca and Johor.

There was no reported loss by bank account holders in the hacking incident believed done by a syndicate from South America.

Police sought information from the public by contacting them at 03-26163839. – Bernama

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GEORGE TOWN: The police has opened an investigation paper on a mosque official (khatib) who allegedly criticised the police on the issue of the Voluntary Patrol Squad (PPS) in a Friday sermon.

North East District Police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the individual, an official at the Acheh Kebun Lama Mosque, would be called soon to help in investigation under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948.

“To date, police have received a report on the matter from a man who claimed to be an ordinary member of PAS yesterday,” he said in a statement here, today.

The report, which was made by a 42-year-old man, also claimed that the official stated his support for PPS and criticised the government over its tackling of the issue.

The man who also performed the Friday prayers at the mosque said the official’s action resulted in unease among the people present.

On Sunday, police detained 156 members of PPS including its chairman, who is also State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, Phee Boon Poh for flouting warning against carrying out activities after PPS was found to be unregistered with the Registrar of Societies.

A day after that, police detained Seri Delima State Assemblyman RSN Rayer and then the deputy of the squad, who is also Tanjong Member of Parliament Ng Wei Aik on Thursday. – Bernama