By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Aug 3: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) is deeply shocked by the decision to transfer nine police officers who are being investigated in an alleged extortion case in Gombak, Selangor to Sarawak and Sabah.
“Our people are not happy and are indeed angry that the Federal police force has treated Sarawak and Sabah as dumping grounds for problematic people from Peninsular Malaya. This is totally unacceptable at all,” said the party’s secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew in a statement today.
According to media reports, the nine police officers under investigation are ranked from constables to sub-inspectors from the narcotics crime investigation department.
“The people of Sarawak and I believe, the people of Sabah do not want these problematic police officers in Sarawak and Sabah as there is always a possible risk of them bringing or introducing their ‘business’ here,” he explained.
Ting added, most, if not all Sarawakians and Sabahans are of the opinion that these nine police officers should be suspended immediately for the investigation to be conducted properly and not being transferred to Sarawak and Sabah.
“We must remember that no one is above the law,” he said.
According to the press statement from Sarawak State Secretary’s Office dated Aug 3, currently none of the nine problematic cops have reported for duty in Sarawak.
“We place high hopes that this unpleasant episode of transferring these nine police officers to Sarawak and Sabah will not happen at all as we do not want them here,” Ting disclosed.
The decisions makers should be more reasonable and sensitive towards the people of Sarawak and Sabah.
“This is what we expect of you. You should take and treat both Sarawak and Sabah as equal partners as enshrined in the newly amended Federal Constitution, especially on Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) to restore equal status of Sarawak and Sabah by redefining the Federation of Malaysia to be based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report,” Ting disclosed. — DayakDaily