MACC ar­rests Melaka Ten­gah CID chief over pro­tec­tion racket

His ar­rest brings to 12 the num­ber of those ar­rested

New Straits Times - - Front Page - KELLY KOH MELAKA news@nst.com.my

MELAKA Ten­gah Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent T. Gu­nasagaran was ar­rested by the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) yes­ter­day as MACC widens its probe into a pro­tec­tion racket for vice dens here.

Gu­nasagaran’s ar­rest brings to 12 the num­ber of those ar­rested.

The 49-year-old was nabbed at his of­fice at 12.30pm and was taken to the MACC head­quar­ters in Pu­tra­jaya.

MACC deputy com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki con­firmed the ar­rest.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, MACC yes­ter­day ob­tained a five­day re­mand ex­ten­sion against nine men, in­clud­ing two po­lice district chiefs and four po­lice­men, to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions into il­le­gal gam­bling dens and mas­sage par­lours in Melaka.

The Melaka Ten­gah and Jasin district po­lice chiefs and four other of­fi­cers — two in­spec­tors and two as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents of po­lice — have been un­der re­mand for six days since last Wednes­day.

The six, aged be­tween 31 and 54, were de­tained on May 16 and 17 for sus­pi­cion of ac­cept­ing bribes in ex­change for pro­tect­ing the il­le­gal cen­tres.

The three oth­ers re­manded were civil­ians, one of whom had al­legedly acted as the mid­dle­man for the of­fi­cers.

Mean­while the re­mand order for the 52-year-old cor­po­ral, the 10th per­son ar­rested on May 17 in con­nec­tion with the case, ex­pires to­day.

How­ever, a MACC spokesman said the com­mis­sion had yet to con­firm whether it would ap­ply for a re­mand ex­ten­sion for the cor­po­ral, who is at­tached with the Melaka po­lice’s Se­cret So­ci­eties, Gam­bling and Vice Di­vi­sion (D7).

On May 19, a self-em­ployed man, sus­pected to be an in­ter­me­di­ary for the case, was re­manded for six days to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged pro­tec­tion money racket in Pu­tra­jaya.

The 32-year-old sus­pect, the 11th per­son ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case, was ar­rested at 9pm on May 18 af­ter he gave a state­ment at the MACC head­quar­ters.

In Dengkil, the de­tails of the ma­jor reshuf­fle in the po­lice or­gan­i­sa­tion will not be dis­closed to avoid nega­tive per­cep­tions.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said yes­ter­day he wel­comed the move to con­duct a ma­jor reshuf­fle.

“How­ever, we will not an­nounce the de­tails as ex­ces­sive pub­lic­ity will lead to mis­un­der­stand­ing or mis­per­cep­tion of the of­fi­cers.

“The ef­forts by the po­lice to make in­ter­nal changes to boost the en­force­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion should be lauded,” he said af­ter a lun­cheon and zo­hor prayers in Kam­pung Orang Asli Bukit Dugang here yes­ter­day.

On May 15, Deputy In­spec­tor­Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said a ma­jor reshuf­fle would be im­ple­mented at the fed­eral po­lice Nar­cotics Depart­ment.

The reshuf­fling fol­lows the ar­rests of a num­ber of po­lice­men, in­clud­ing of­fi­cers, for al­legedly col­lud­ing with drug syn­di­cates.

The po­lice­men were ar­rested un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said the min­istry and po­lice were com­mit­ted to mak­ing im­prove­ments and lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple.

“We fol­low the com­ments of Ne­ti­zens on mea­sures taken by po­lice. Trust me and the po­lice lead­er­ship that we will serve the peo­ple and coun­try.”

Noor Rashid said yes­ter­day the ini­tia­tive was to en­sure that po­lice­men would carry out their re­spon­si­bil­ity with hon­esty.

“We want to im­prove our or­gan­i­sa­tion and en­sure that our of­fi­cers, es­pe­cially those placed in sen­si­tive posts, will per­form their du­ties with trust­wor­thi­ness.

“We are con­sid­er­ing im­ple­ment­ing a three-year trans­fer pol­icy with re­gard to sen­si­tive posts.”

Zahid said he would visit ev­ery state dur­ing Ra­madan for break­ing of fast.

He said he would be ac­com­pa­nied by Home Min­istry of­fi­cials to meet agen­cies, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the public to strengthen ties.

He said renowned mo­ti­va­tional speaker Syam­sul Amri Is­mail, bet­ter known as Syam­sul De­bat, would give re­li­gious talks.

BER­NAMA PIC

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi in­spect­ing the progress of the con­struc­tion of a surau in Kam­pung Orang Asli Bukit Dugang, Dengkil, yes­ter­day.

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