Preventive laws better than shooting gang members down like stray dogs

Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

KUALA LUMPUR: It is better to have preventive laws to deal with organised crime rather than gun down gang members like stray dogs, said Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

"It is better to have preventive laws and detain them for a year or two when dealing with organised crime rather than to shoot them.

"Even stray dogs by the roadside cannot be shot in such a manner, but must be caught," he said when debating the Crime Prevention Bill in Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday.

To a question by Datuk Takiyudin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru), Abdul Azeez clarified he was not advocating saving stray dogs but they should be dealt with properly instead of being gunned down.

He also disagreed with a suggestion by Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS -Kuala Krai) that the recent police 'shoot to kill' cases were due to lack of preventive laws or the fault of the criminals themselves.

"The police will not simply shoot without reason as their action is based on surveillance and intelligence reports against the criminals who have records or about commit crimes," he said.

He suggested that all lawmakers view police recordings of the atrocities committed by such criminals to understand the need for preventive laws against organised crime.

Later, lawmakers were left in stitches when Abdul Azeez had a banter in Tamil with G. Manivannan (PKR -Kapar) over the government's decision to forbid Chin Peng's ashes from being brought into Malaysia.

Manivannan had asked why the ashes cannot be brought back when Sulu intruders who were killed during Ops Daulat were buried in Lahad Datu.

Abdul Azeez surprised Manivannan and other MPs by responding in Tamil, telling Manivannan to know what he was talking about.

"Thamby (little brother), Chin Peng died in Bangkok, not here. You hav eto understand that the Sulu gunmen died in Malaysia, so they are buried here," he said, causing the Dewan to erupt into laughter.

To this, Manivannan also responded in Tamil, saying "Anne (big brother) we can send the Sulu gunmen's bodies back to their country also, that is not an issue."

Abdul Azeez then asked Manivannan why should he bother to return the remains of the Sulu gunmen to their home country, adding that bringing Chin Peng's ashes into the country would be "over my dead body!"