KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Police rubbished claims that they are racially profiling suspects and targeting Indians in their crackdown on crime.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar cited the ongoing Ops Cantas Khas as an example, saying that more Malays have been arrested than Indians in the operation.
"I have heard slanderous comments like police are racists and only targeting one race. This is not true," he said.
"Under Ops Cantas alone, we have arrested 15,000 Malays and 3,000 Indians. How is that racist?
"I don't care if you are Indian, Chinese or Malay. If you are on the wrong side of the law, you will be prosecuted."
Last month, the police announced that 71 per cent of gang members are Indians. This led to some people accusing the police of racial profiling and discrimination.
PKR vice-president N. Surendran reportedly said the figure was inconceivable considering that Indians only made up 7 per cent of the population.
MIC Youth secretary C. Sivarraajh said that such action gave a bad impression that there were "a lot of Indian gangsters" when he submitted a memorandum on the matter to Bukit Aman on Aug 30.