Jong-Nam mur­der, tah­fiz fire tragedy and cor­rupt cops top crime list

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decades, killing 23 peo­ple in the early hours of the morn­ing.

The fire at the Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah re­li­gious school in Kuala Lumpur killed 21 stu­dents and two teach­ers, while six more were crit­i­cally in­jured.

It was later re­vealed that the 5.15am fire was not ac­ci­den­tal but was caused by ar­son. Seven youths face mur­der charges, among oth­ers, over the in­ci­dent.

Church pas­tor Ray­mond Koh on Feb 13 went miss­ing af­ter he was way­laid by sev­eral ve­hi­cles and ab­ducted by a group of men in Pe­tal­ing Jaya. Koh who ran into con­tro­versy sev­eral years ago for al­legedly pros­e­lytis­ing Muslims is yet to be found.

In the war against nar­cotics, among the most sig­nif­i­cant of po­lice op­er­a­tions was on Aug 1 when six Cus­toms De­part­ment of­fi­cers were ar­rested at KLIA for al­legedly col­lud­ing with an un­der­world gang re­spon­si­ble for smug­gling il­le­gal drugs into Malaysia.

More than two dozen sus­pected mil­i­tants, Malaysians and for­eign­ers in­clud­ing two KLIA se­cu­rity guards, were nabbed in stings through­out the year.

Highly wanted Malaysian Daesh fighter Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi, 27 who left Malaysia to fight along­side other IS fight­ers in Syria died in bat­tle in April.

The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) opened up a can of worms when it in­tensely pur­sued Malacca po­lice fol­low­ing a tip-off on crooked po­lice of­fi­cers at three dis­tricts en­rich­ing them­selves with huge kick­backs by turn­ing a blind eye to gam­bling and vice ac­tiv­i­ties.

In mid-May, the MACC nabbed dis­trict po­lice chiefs, other se­nior of­fi­cers, rank-and-file per­son­nel and sev­eral civil­ians linked to the syn­di­cates dur­ing an op­er­a­tion co­de­named Ops Gobi.

The MACC also seized RM800,000, be­lieved to be bribes handed over by the syn­di­cates, hid­den in a po­lice­man’s house.

Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V visit­ing the site of the tah­fiz fire on Nov 15, which claimed the lives of 23 peo­ple.

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