IGP: Ma­rine cops will work with In­done­sia to pro­tect Sabah wa­ters

New Straits Times - - News -

MALACCA: Ma­rine po­lice will co­op­er­ate with their In­done­sian coun­ter­parts to safe­guard wa­ters off Sabah and pre­vent transborder crime and kid­nap­pings.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said this was after the In­done­sian po­lice helped res­cue a Malaysian, who was snatched from her home in Jo­hor last month.

“Yes­ter­day (Satur­day), I dis­cussed se­cu­rity is­sues with In­done­sia’s po­lice chief Tito Kar­na­vian, in par­tic­u­lar the safe­guard­ing of ar­eas near Sabah’s east coast.

“We have agreed to have a close co­op­er­a­tion to en­sure safety in Sabah’s coast, es­pe­cially La­had Datu and Tawau, as well as the bor­ders of Nunukan and Tarakan in In­done­sia,” he said dur­ing the Home Min­istry open day at the min­istry’s com­plex in Ayer Keroh here yes­ter­day.

Present were Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Home Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed, min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Alwi Ibrahim and Malacca Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

Khalid said the co­op­er­a­tion also aimed to elim­i­nate cross-bor­der crime, in­clud­ing drug smug­gling.

On Feb 21, a house­wife was kid­napped from her home in Ban­dar Pu­tra Ku­lai at 3.30am.

The vic­tim was taken to Batam in In­done­sia by the ab­duc­tors, where she was held cap­tive in a farm be­fore she was res­cued and brought home on March 19.

Com­ment­ing on the al­leged rape case by an Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer, Zahid said the min­istry would not pro­tect of­fi­cers who abused their power.

“We will not make way for any (of­fi­cer) who abuses his power, com­mits a breach of trust or com­mits a crime while on duty.

“We want to cre­ate a pos­i­tive per­cep­tion, which is why we will take ac­tion and will never pro­tect any of­fi­cer (who abused his power).”

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