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KUCHING, Aug 3: Rotten apples among police personnel are not welcomed in Sarawak, much less here in Belaga, says Belaga assemblyman Datuk Liwan Lagang.
He was referring to the transfer of nine policemen who are being probed for extorting a businessman in Gombak, Selangor, to Sarawak and Sabah, a decision made by the federal government recently.
“Firstly, let’s put things in the right perspective. Why is Sarawak, and for that matter, Sabah, been used to throw away (sic) rotten apples?
“Sarawak, with its huge and challenging geographical terrain should be administered by the best government officers, especially law enforcement officers from the federal (government) to serve the people here, and not rotten apples.
“Secondly, since those nine policemen have been probed for their involvement in blackmailing and extortion, why are they posted here? Is that not good enough reason to dismiss them?” he questioned.
Liwan, who is also Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication, opined that the nine policemen should be dismissed for their alleged crimes, instead of being allowed to roam around freely in Sarawak and Sabah.
“It is enough that, often times, those banished to Sarawak under the Restricted Residence have created suspicion and uneasiness among the local people, and now they are posting rotten apples to Sarawak.
“Sarawak is not a rubbish dump site,” he said in a statement today.
The statement by Liwan, who is a Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) vice-president, joined the chorus of political leaders from Sarawak and Sabah who have voiced their disappointment with the federal government’s decision in this matter. — DayakDaily