Senior cop chided for ‘unfair comment’ about crimes during Ramadhan

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING, June 1: Minister of Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is offended by a remark allegedly uttered by a senior police officer in relation to the case where a Grab driver was hammered and shot at by a foreigner in Matang, here, on Thursday.

“This is a very unfair comment from a senior police officer. Is he trying to equate the sacred month of Ramadhan as a month where foreigners or Muslims commit crime?” asked Abdul Karim in a statement today.

According to the police officer, the motive of the case (involving the Grab driver) was purely robbery, but he was also quoted by a local daily as saying, “… being Ramadhan month, it is normal to have a surge in violent crimes involving foreigners”.

To that, Abdul Karim said, “Leave the sacred month out. It has nothing to do with crime. Instead, Muslims are supposed to do extra good deeds in this month of Ramadhan!” — DayakDaily