KUALA LUMPUR - The police have sent a clear message to gangsters challenging them - bring it on!
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said they would not tolerate any criminal group or gang trying to intimidate them.
"No criminal will win against the authorities.
"We will not allow any criminal group to intimidate or acah-acah (taunt), us," he told a press conference after presenting certificates of appreciation to 50 good drivers in conjunction with Ops Selamat.
Commenting on acts of vandalism at the Kuala Langat police headquarters, where the words "RIP Gang 04" were sprayed on the outer wall, Khalid said police had identified the culprits.
"We have identified those responsible for the graffiti and we will take action.
"They tried to intimidate us but it will not work," he said.
Khalid said the nationwide Ops Cantas Khas would be stepped up.
More than 5,000 people had been checked, with 783 of them arrested, since the operation started on Saturday night.
Khalid said that serious crimes had since dropped by 8 per cent while the crime index decreased some 3.7 per cent.
"We will improve this operation further by targeting drug traffickers.
"We will use all relevant laws to bring criminals to justice although I wish the Emergency Ordinance and the Internal Security Act were still around. But we are not law makers."
On Tuesday's shootout in Penang, in which five Gang 04 members were gunned down, Khalid said the police had never practised a shoot-to-kill policy.
He added that the families of the dead could take any action they wished, and the police were open to an inquest into the shootout.
Khalid said: "Crime is a living thing and we must adjust to an ever changing situation. The police will recommend whatever is necessary to ensure the safety and security of Malaysians."
Meanwhile, Selangor acting police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said that police would not be intimidated by such acts of vandalism which he described as kurang ajar (insolent).
"I don't think that (the graffiti) was meant to be a threat. It's just done by sampah masyarakat (social discards) with no respect for the law.
"If that was a challenge, that's not the way to do it. Come meet the OCPD, say 'I'm from 04'. If they are brave, marilah (come)," a visibly angry Thaiveegan told a press conference yesterday.
Besides the Kuala Langat police headquarters, the 04 number, religious Swastika symbol and the letters R.I.P. (rest in peace) were found sprayed at 11 locations in Banting, including a police post and a bank.