Interpol to help track Malaysian gangsters abroad

Interpol to help track Malaysian gangsters abroad
House call: Ahmad Zahid holding Atiqullah as he talks to Atiqah and Habibullah at their home in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN - Police will be working hand-in-hand with the Interpol to trace gang leaders and members who have fled overseas to avoid arrest, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

"It doesn't matter if they come back or not, the Interpol will help us arrest them and they will be detained under the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1953," he told reporters after visiting the late Sjn Zal-Azri Abd Somad's residence in Tingkat Sungai Gelugor here.

He also said there were no plans to discontinue Ops Cantas Khas, which is aimed at crippling underworld activities.

"It will not end on Oct 19 as claimed by certain parties. It will be carried out until we're done combating serious crimes," he said.

Sjn Zal-Azri, who was a corporal when he passed away, was given a posthumous promotion after he was killed in the line of duty in Malacca on Sept 23.

Ahmad Zahid also handed over an undisclosed amount of contribution to Sjn Zal-Azri's mother Zaiton Ismail, 54, and his wife Atiqah Mohd Rosdi, 29.

Sjn Zal-Azri, 31, was killed during a five-man operation against motorcycle thefts and robberies at the Cheng Technology and Industrial Park in Malacca.

A 17-year-old suspect, who was high on drugs, had bludgeoned him to death.

Ahmad Zahid said he had instructed the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to confer the posthumous promotion to Zal-Azri.

"We will arrange for Atiqah and the couple's two sons - Mohamad Habibullah, four, and five-month-old Mohamad Atiqullah to move to Zal-Azri's hometown here or Atiqah's hometown in Bertam," he said.

Present were Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi and George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng.

Atiqah said she was grateful to every one who had offered assistance during the family's time of grief.

Sjn Zal-Azri's remains was buried at the Masjid Jamek Sungai Gelugor cemetery on Sept 24.

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