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Police cripple three organised crime syndicates

KUALA LUMPUR Three of among the country’s largest organised crime syndicates suspected of being involved in the smuggling of migrants and robberies have been crippled following the arrest of 111 gang members.


Also arrested were the leaders of the three groups known as the Otong Gang, Halim Gang and Husen Maungdaw Gang.


The Otong Gang is headed by an Indonesian and is active in Johor, while the Halim Gang, led by a local, is active in Perak, and an ethnic Rohingyan leads the Husen Maungdaw Gang, active in Penang.




Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed during a press conference here today said the Otong Gang was found to be actively smuggling migrants since 2014.


“The gang is led by an Indonesian man known as Otong, and has an estimated membership of about 57 individuals and is active in smuggling migrants on the east coast of Johor,” he said without disclosing details of the operation leading to the arrests.


Huzir said the Halim Gang, which had about 13 members, was found to be actively smuggling migrants in waters off Hutan Melintang, Perak, since 2017.



“The Husen Maungdaw Gang has been active in the northern waters of the Peninsula and Penang, involved in migrant smuggling and robberies since 2014. It is led by a Rohingya man known as ‘Husen Maungdaw with a membership of about 19 people,” he said, adding that a majority of them were from the same ethnic group.


According to Huzir, leaders and members of the gangs had been arrested several times, with some even charged in court, however, the groups continued to remain active.


“Their gang memberships had also been on the rise, and the crimes committed were also more serious,” he said, adding that the CIDs from Johor, Perak, and Penang had launched concurrent operations against the three gangs from June 4 to 20.


Huzir said all those arrested were aged between 28 and 68, while the seizures, estimated to be worth about RM1.5 million, included 29 mobile phones, a fishing boat, two speedboats, five cars, two motorcycles, and RM1,500 in cash.


Huzir said all the confiscated items were believed to have been used in smuggling operations and police were currently in pursuit of eight remaining members of the groups, namely two from the Otong Gang; Halim Gang (four) and Husen Maungdaw Gang (two).


“Members of the groups will also be investigated under Section 4 (1) of Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.


“With strong enforcement, police believe they can eliminate the security threat posed by organised crime syndicates,” he added.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Object believed to be bomb found in Hulu Langat – Police

KUALA LUMPUR Some members of the public found an object, believed to be a bomb, at a housing area at the 14th Mile (Batu 14) in Hulu Langat, Selangor today, said Kajang District Police chief ACP Mohd Zaid Hassan.


He told Bernama, when contacted, that police were waiting for the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) to get more details about the object, which was discovered at about 6 pm.


The discovery of the object, measuring about 30 centimetres, went viral on WhatsApp today.


Police have closed the area where the object was found.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Police nab couple for concealing birth, dumping dead baby

Police have arrested two factory production operators to assist in investigating a case of concealing birth and dumping a baby in the septic tank of a house in Kampung Kandang here today.


Melaka Criminal Investigation Department chief ACP Mohd Nor Yhazid Idris said the suspects, a 23-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend, were arrested after police received a report from the security chief of a factory in Batu Berendam where the female suspect worked, at 11.12 am.


He said, according to the report, the woman had been absent from work many times this month due to sick leave and had given birth at her rented house in Bukit Baru here.




“Initial investigations revealed that the woman had taken a type of medication to induce abortion which she had purchased on Facebook and had been dealing (with the seller) through Whatsapp, and police had seized her cellphone for further investigation.


“The male suspect, who worked at another factory, confessed to receiving the remains of the baby wrapped in plastic from his girlfriend. He dumped the baby’s body in the septic tank of his house in Kampung Kandang,” he said in a statement here today.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Police probing road rage incident in Kota Damansara

KUALA LUMPUR, Police are probing a road rage incident that happened along Jalan Persiaran Surian, Kota Damansara, near here yesterday.


Petaling Jaya police chief  ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said in the 4.40 pm, a car driven by a 29-year-old man was suddenly blocked by another causing him to have to stop abruptly .


“A man came out of the other car and started shouting at the victim while hitting his car and trying to open the door on the driver’s side. He also demanded that the victim come out,” he told Bernama today.




However, he said the victim managed to drive off and went to the nearest police station to lodge a report.


“”The victim said that the bully was unhappy that he was applying the brakes too frequently but he could not avoid it because of the traffic congestion there at the time,” he said,


He added that the victim recorded the incident on his smartphone and on board camera in the car.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency



Bachok to get new RM40 mln court building

KOTA BHARU The Bachok district will have a new court building to replace the old one which is over 40 years old.


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said in Bachok there was increased backlog of court cases as the existing building was unable to accommodate  the trials.


He said the Bachok Court building was also located in a small area and not many vehicles could be parked there. Even for police use there was not enough place.




“From our visit there we could see the building needs to be refurbished as it is over 40 years old.


“In this regard, we have also identified three acres of land in Bachok for the construction of a new building,” he told reporters after a formal working visit to the Kota Baru Court Complex here, today.


Elaborating, Takiyuddin said that the Bachok court construction project was already stated in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) and, if approved, it would be completed within two years from now at a cost of about RM40 million.



Commenting further, Takiyuddin said his visit to the Kota Baru Court Complex found that some improvements needed to be made and these were in the final stages and that there should be no problem in opening the building complex as planned soon.


Meanwhile, Takiyuddin said the amendment to the Road Transport Act 1987 to provide for heavier punishment against reckless drivers and those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was now at the final stage and would be finalised before being brought to the Cabinet in two weeks’ time.


Even though the act was under the Ministry of Transport, he said the department was also involved in making recommendations.


“This is a safety or protection measure as well as a precautionary measure,” he said.


Under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport Act, anyone caught drink-driving can be fined between RM1,000 and RM6,000 or jailed up to 12 months.


For fatal accidents caused by drink-driving, offenders can be charged under Section 44 of the Act, which provides for a maximum fine of RM10,000 and jail term of up to 12 months.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Indonesian jailed, caned for hurting wife, illegal stay

TAWAU An unemployed Indonesian man was sentenced to 26 months in jail and two strokes of the whip by the Sessions Court here after he pleaded guilty to three charges that included causing injury to his wife in Kalabakan early this month.


Ahmad Rashid, 40, pleaded guilty to all the charges in front of Tawau High Court Deputy Registrar, Amir Shah Amir Hassan.


On the first charge, he was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment effective today, for setting his wife’s personal belongings on fire; while for the second count, he was sentenced to four months in jail and two strokes of the cane for not having valid travel documents.




Meanwhile, for the third count, he was accused of causing injury to his wife and sentenced to 12 months in jail.


The court ordered the first and second sentences to be carried out concurrently, to be followed by the punishment for the third count; and also ordered the accused to be referred to the Immigration Department for deportation after he had completed his sentences.


The accused had committed all of the offences at a sundry shop in Ladang Prihatin, Kalabakan at 7 pm on June 1, after he suspected his wife of having an affair with another man.



According to the facts of the case, the accused had caused injury to his 43-year-old wife by punching and kicking her on the head and face.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Three company directors arrested for alleged corruption in securing RM90 mln contract


KUALA LUMPUR Three company directors were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged corruption in the acquisition of an advertisement contract worth over RM90 million managed by a government agency in 2019.


According to MACC sources, all of them, aged between 31 and 48, were detained yesterday at the MACC headquarters.


“The MACC has also identified the officers of the agency involved and is expected to make several arrests of individuals believed to have abetted with the three company directors.




“The company was believed to have submitted false information and documents when entering the tender process for the contract,” he told Bernama here today.


He said the company was also believed to be unqualified and have failed the technical and financial assessment required to enter the tender process.


“The case is being investigated under Section 17 (a) and Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009,” he added.



Meanwhile, MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya, when contacted, confirmed the arrest.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency