COPS TO WRAP UP IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS

Time needed to en­sure a solid case, says deputy IGP

New Straits Times - - News -

HARIZ MOHD

SHAH ALAM harizm@nst.com.my

PO­LICE will soon de­cide on what ac­tion to take against the fe­male driver who ploughed i nto a group of cy­clists in Johor Baru, killing eight of them. Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the de­ci­sion would be based on in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ings, which would wrap up soon.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tors took their time in prob­ing the case to en­sure they had a solid case be­fore tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion.

He said the long in­ves­ti­ga­tion pe­riod was not an in­di­ca­tion that po­lice were in­ac­tive, rather, it was used to col­lect ev­i­dence.

“This is a big case in which eight lives were lost. Po­lice can­not con­duct such an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in a per­func­tory man­ner. We can­not rush. Without solid ev­i­dence, po­lice will lose the case. This will mean we are not do­ing jus­tice to the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

“I have met the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer and was told that the process is lengthy. It in­volves other agen­cies that also need time to process and an­a­lyse the ev­i­dence.”

He said this at the launch of a sem­i­nar at Ke­lab Shah Alam yesterday.

He was com­ment­ing on com­plaints by Ne­ti­zens over the case.

Some even com­pared the time taken by Malaysian po­lice to take ac­tion against the driver with the time taken by Sin­ga­porean au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion in a re­cent fa­tal ac­ci­dent in the repub­lic.

Noor Rashid said among the agen­cies in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion were the Chem­istry and Road Trans­port depart­ments, and Pus­pakom.

“I ex­pect the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to end soon. Then, we will take fur­ther ac­tion based on the find­ings.”

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