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