PETALING JAYA - The Crime Prevention Act (CPA) is the main legislation police are relying on to hold suspected gangsters and criminals during Ops Cantas Khas.
According to Bukit Aman anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Jalil Hassan, more than 1,000 people, mostly gangsters, have been detained since the operation started on Aug 17.
CPA allows suspected gang members to be detained for 14 days, and an additional 28 days if required, for further investigations.
"Inquiry officers will be appointed during this time to determine if there are grounds for the suspects' detention, and to establish if they are indeed gang members.
"The inquiry reports would then be forwarded to the Home Minister for endorsement, with the remanded suspects having the right to appeal their detention orders," said SAC Jalil, who also gave the assurance that there are enough detention centres to house all the CPA detainees.
"There is no issue of overcrowding or lack of detention centres. We planned carefully before executing the operation," he said when contacted yesterday.
Federal deputy CID director Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said all those detained under Ops Cantas Khas would be vetted to determine whether they were gangsters, drug traffickers, or wanted for other crimes.
The Federal Narcotics department has also detained 1,911 people, mostly those who committed drug-related offences, in their operation dubbed Ops Cantas Khas Narkotik.