Sarawak police chief warns against making reckless statements about crime in Kuching, Sarawak

Ramli (left) speaking at a press conference after attending the promotion ceremony.

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Feb 12: Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din has slammed the ‘irresponsible’ actions of certain individuals in giving reckless and superficial information to the media for publication.

“Recently, there was a statement by certain people who claimed that Kuching is not a safe city. This is a very reckless (sembarono) and shallow (dangkal) statement with no facts for that person to say that the whole city is unsafe. Such irresponsible statement of unsubstantiated (remarks) will also tarnish Sarawak’s reputation, in terms of tourism or investors who are looking into the state.

“It is also unfair because just one statement of such will destroy our department’s efforts to keep the state safe. We do not know what is this person’s agenda, but based on our department’s facts, Kuching or Sarawak is a peaceful state. There are crime cases but it is under control,” Ramli said at a press conference today.

Ramli (left) attaches a deputy superintendent pin on Padawan deputy police chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong.

Urging these people not to simply speak, Ramli said statements must be made responsibly based on credible sources and according to evidence and facts.

He asserted that Sarawak is currently the second top safest state in Malaysia, after Penang.

“Your action may stir the public and cause chaos. Beware of your action, as we can arrest and charge you,” Ramli warned.

Adding that Sarawak is currently the most active contingent when it comes to combating drug related crime cases, Ramli pointed out that 1,824 arrests were made within the first two months this year, where as in the whole 2019, police arrested 1,170 people.

Earlier, Ramli attended a Sarawak contingent promotion ceremony where 33 officers achieved the ranks of superintendent, deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent. — DayakDaily