Thursday, October 29, 2009

Be ‘busybodies’ for national security: CID head

BINTULU: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin has called on the public to be ‘busybodies’ when it comes to national security.

He said the people have to be more responsible and think in terms of the 1Malaysia concept, especially during periods of difficulty.

He lamented that many people made a lot of noise on issues but refused to provide information to the police on cases being investigated.

“In order to complete the police investigation on a particular case, we need evidence, thus we want you to become busybodies,” he said during a press conference yesterday.

Bakri said the media played a vital role in educating the community and creating a sense of belonging as well as awareness through their reports.

He cited the examples of accidents, where the public tended to just be bystanders who even refused to help at times.

“Nowadays, almost every child owns a handphone, but to make effective use of it, keep important numbers on it like the nearby police station’s telephone numbers in case of an emergency,” he said.

Bakri hoped the public would work closely with the police by providing information to help them better solve cases.

He had earlier chaired a CID heads meeting to discuss department matters and administration as well as address crime in Sarawak.

He said as of July this year, Sarawak CID had arrested 1,626 criminals and seized three firearms along with 246 pieces of ammunition.

Bakri stressed the police would continue efforts to shutdown criminal syndicates and to date had cracked down on 13 groups resulting in 47 arrests.

The police, he said, were also focusing on crimes committed by foreigners and so far eight syndicates involving foreigners had been smashed involving 33 arrests.

He said crimes usually occurred in developed areas.

“The bigger the town’s economy, the bigger the criminals who will be operating,” said Bakri, adding that as a fast developing town, security in Bintulu needed more attention.

He said police teams are being restructured and there would be more focus on setting up new departments and increasing manpower to 60,000 more police personnel nationwide.

Efforts are also being made to strengthen logistics support and the use of technology to combat crime.

Bakri cited CCTV as an example of technology that could help police solve various cases.

“We can see CCTV was put up in Kuala Lumpur and it has proven to be the most effective tool combating crime especially in big cities in the world,” he added.

Sarawak CID deputy head ACP Zainuddin Zainal, who also present at the press conference, said under Ops Cantas Kenyalang, set up to combat gangsterism in April 2007, a total of 118 gang leaders had been arrested in Kuching, Sarikei, Bintangor, Bintulu and Miri.

On the overall crime index in Sarawak this year, Zainuddin said there was a slight increase of seven per cent involving cases like rape and snatch theft, however crime was still under control.

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