Sarawak govt cracking down on illegal activities, says Acting SS

Mohd Firdaus (second from left) presenting a copy of the handbook to Jaul. Also seen (from left) are Abdul Rahman, Chai and Clarence.

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KUCHING, May 28: The Sarawak government is now emphasising on operations and investigations into illegal activities happening in the state.

Acting State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion said this at the launching of the handbook ‘Guide to Investigation’ by Mohd Firdaus @ V. Spencer of the State Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPN) here today.

“The publication of this book is a timely one as it touches on the basics of investigation processes, techniques and areas that any investigator should be familiar with in order to carry out quality investigations,” he said.

In addition, Jaul stressed on the importance of the three pillars, namely intelligence, operation and investigation, all of which are essential in the analysis of many cases.

He expressed confidence that the book could also act as a framework to complement any type of investigative skill even though the materialisation of it stemmed from the perspective of a former law enforcement officer.

“Investigators should master many types of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in order to obtain strong evidence that can help to build up cases against culprits to charge them in court,” he said.

He opined that substandard investigations did not only cause wastage of resources and manpower but criminals would also have the impression that they were safe from the law; thus, increasing the rate of illegal activities.

In his concluding remarks, Jaul expressed his gratitude towards UKPN for publishing an essential book that could help government agencies throughout the state to increase the rate of prosecutions of criminals.

The author of the handbook, Mohd Firdaus, has vast experience in law enforcement. He has served in the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) for 16 years before being appointed as the head of the Sarawak branch in 2008.

He also sat on various committees after being transferred to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Sarawak, where several commendation letters were awarded to him for outstanding services.

Currently, Mohd Firdaus serves as principal assistant director (Security Services) in UKPN.

UKPN director Dato Dr Chai Khin Chung and deputy director Dato Clarence Rorote, State Implementation Monitoring Unit (SIMU) director Abdul Rahman Sebeli Senusi and representatives from various local agencies were present at the handbook launching ceremony. — DayakDaily