MALAYSIA - The Malaysian police are on the offensive after graffiti was discovered on the walls of two police compounds.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday that the force would not be made fun of or challenged, The Star reported. He said: "No criminal can win against the police. We will use the full extent of the law to hunt down and bring all criminals to justice."
This statement came after the number "04", the swastika symbol and characters "R.I.P" (rest in peace) were found on the walls of the police headquarters and a police post in the Selangor district of Kuala Langat.
Ten other locations in the district were vandalised in the same manner.
Mr Khalid said: "We have identified those responsible for the graffiti and we will take action." Local police are also promising tough action against the vandals.
Said Selangor acting police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan on Wednesday : "I don't think that (graffiti) was meant to be a threat. It was carried out... with no respect for the law. "If that was a challenge, that's not the way to do it."
He challenged the suspects to face up to the police if they really want to show their bravery, The Star reported.
The acts of vandalism come after five alleged "Gang 04" members were killed during a shoot-out with police in Penang on Monday.