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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Malaysian police image tarnished by Sabah kidnap-ransom case

The arrest of three policemen in the kidnap-and-ransom of a migrant worker in Lahad Datu, Sabah, has affected the credibility of the police force, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

The national police chief added, however, that it was not unexpected to have a few “rotten apples” in the force although he vowed that the matter will be dealt with by the Standard Compliance and Integrity Department, a Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) unit.

“Yes, in a way it has affected (our credibility) a little but we have a large number of people working and definitely in a force that is huge, there will be rotten apples and it will become the responsibility of the Integrity Department to eradicate such bad apples from the force,” he told reporters here after attending the Asean Association of Police Chiefs' (Aseanapol) duty handover ceremony.

Khalid also gave his assurance that the arrested trio will not be given any protection and will be made to face the law, if they are found guilty.

“No one will be given any police protection be it our own people or not, when there is an incident where they break the law. If there is any wrongdoing, lawful actions will be taken and this shows that we are not protecting anyone.

“Allegations that we do not act on our own people who are involved in crime are not true at all,” he added.

Four suspects including two police corporals and one constable were arrested yesterday, for kidnapping a migrant worker in Lahad Datu and demanding a RM50,000 ransom for her release.

According to Sabah criminal investigations chief Datuk Salehhudin Abdul Rahman, the cops, aged between 26 and 33 years, and a local accomplice, were believed to be involved in kidnapping the 45-year-old IMM13 pass holder from her home on January 6.

The woman, a fish monger, lodged a police report on January 7 after the incident, claiming three masked and armed men entered her home in Kampung Silam, Lahad Datu at about 10pm on January 6.

She was then dragged into an unmarked “double cab” vehicle and brought into the Danum forest reserve where they told her to pay RM50,000 or else she would be killed.

After investigations, police arrested the suspects and seized two police-owned HKMP5 semi automatic guns, one police-owned M16, a white Ford ranger vehicle, a Proton Viva, items of clothing belonging to the suspects, RM8,100 in cash, and four cellular phones.

The case in being investigated under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961. If convicted, the offence carries a death sentence or imprisonment for life and also be liable to whipping.

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