KUCHING - There could be a possibility of VIPs being involved in the gangs listed and identified by the Home Ministry.
When questioned by reporters during a press conference here about the matter, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said that there was a possibility but they would have to wait for further verification from the ministry.
"The ministry is constantly updating the list.
"Criminals arrested during the operations will still be punished to the full extent of existing laws here in the state, regardless of the absence of the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 here in Sarawak," he said after witnessing the handing over of duties between the outgoing Sarawak Commissioner of Police Deputy Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and his replacement Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman yesterday.
It was previously reported during the general election that police had identified several gangs working for political parties and backed by VVIPs going around threatening party supporters and the public.
Mohd Bakri, who was then Federal CID director, mentioned that a task force had been formed to monitor general election-related crimes, especially gangsterism. The gangs had targeted people attending political ceramah while some even made "house visits" to voters.