MALAYSIA - There has been a more than 90 per cent drop in cases of robbery with firearms in Malaysia since an anti-crime blitz named Ops Cantas Khas was launched, said police.
According to the principal assistant director of the Secret Societies, Vice and Gambling Division (D7) Senior Assistant Commissioner Abdul Jalil Hassan, there has been a decrease in crime across the board since the launch of operations on Aug 17.
He said: "Serious crime has gone down by 12.48 per cent, with murder cases lowered by 33.78 per cent, gang robbery decreased by 23.58 per cent and robbery (down) by 26 per cent, compared to the similar number of days between July 12 and Aug 16.
"A total of 23 pieces of firearms, 14 homemade air rifles, 1,238 bullets, a hand grenade and 445 stolen vehicles were recovered from Aug 17 until Sunday."
Four fake guns, 27 swords, 105 parangs, 116 knives and 29 knuckle dusters were also seized, he added.
Ops Cantas Khas was launched following a spate of shootings in the country, believed to be related to turf wars among gangs linked to illegal activities such as drug trafficking and extortion.
Its Phase 1 was targeted at tracking and seizing weapons, especially guns, from gang members. The current Phase 2 involves cracking down on members of the 49 gangster organisations that have been declared illegal.
Phase 3, which will begin soon, will see the police going after the underworld kingpins and their assets.