Top cops to personally oversee investigations into shootings

PETALING JAYA - All state police CID chiefs have been directed to personally handle the investigations into gangland shootings and other serious crimes, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Bukit Aman, he assured the public, was also investigating the recent spate of suspected shootings.

"All state police CID chiefs have been directed to personally handle investigations into the shooting and other serious crimes.

"Bukit Aman has formed a special team headed by Federal CID director Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah to oversee the investigations into all these cases," he said here yesterday.

"The current spate of shootings is not random acts but targeted mainly against gangs as well as drug related activities," added Wan Junaidi.

He was commenting on the police's efforts to curb the recent spate of shootings and the Government's push for new preventive laws to give the authorities more bite to deal with the criminals involved.

Thirty-five shooting cases were reported to have taken place between April 12 to Aug 9, most of which were said to be linked to a turf war between rival gangs seeking to control illicit drug trade and other illegal activities.

On efforts to stem the flow of illegal firearms from across the border, Wan Junaidi said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had directed for more checks and tighter control at these areas.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Ibrahim was quoted in Mingguan Malaysia yesterday as saying that the police force had lost its bite in the repeal of preventive laws.

He also said that although the overall crime had dropped, the index crimes were increasing, attributing the rise to four factors, including the release of the 2,600 Emergency Ordinance (EO) detainees from the Simpang Renggam detention centre, and their hardcore followers and subordinates, which were believed to number some 266,000 people.

"Those released from detention have hardcore supporters. According to the police, they (released detainees) have at least 10 right-hand men each, which means that there are 26,000," he said.

These right-hand men, said Ahmad Zahid, had at least 10 right-hand men of their own, which worked out to those involved in serious crime to be as high as 266,000 people.

Ahmad Zahid said the police had yet to increase its manpower and upgrade their resources in line with the repeal of the EO and Restricted Residence Act.