Use SOSMA to act against organised crimes, gangsterism, urges Tiong

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

BINTULU, July 8: The relevant enforcement bodies need to crack down organised crimes and gangsterism including using the National Security Offence (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in Bintulu before the situation goes out of control, warned Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

“I can no longer tolerate the behaviour of these criminals and the Bintulu police chief and Bintulu Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief in Bintulu agreed with me that we cannot continue to allow these local bullies to act as they please.

“If there is no other way to rehabilitate these gangsters, I urge the authorities to consider using the National Security Offence (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) to act against organised crimes,” Tiong said in a statement today.

At the same time, he also urged lawyers representing these public enemies to refrain from bullying victims of organised crimes into closing the case against their unsavoury clients.

“They should strive to seek justice for the victims and restore their conscience and responsibility to uphold the law. Our repeated tolerance of the actions of these criminals will only embolden them to continue putting Bintulu under siege and the people to live in fear,” he said.

Tiong, who is also Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president, pointed out that he had received many complaints from the public that Bintulu has been increasingly threatened by the actions of unsavoury characters.

“We cannot continue to suffer in silence against these arrogant hoodlums who drink excessively, cause troubles for others and issue threats against life and property.

“I totally and utterly condemn the actions of hooligans in Bintulu who resort to abusing alcohol and bullying the defenceless. I strongly urge the police to immediately investigate and enforce the law against these cowardly acts before it further threatens peace and stability in Bintulu,” he stressed.

Tiong, who is also the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to People’s Republic of China, asserted that gangsterism in Bintulu has gradually worsened in recent days.

“I hope that these gangsters will not think that they can get away with committing their evil deeds and operating outside the law. If they have any ambitions of “conquering” Bintulu, they should be wise enough to immediately dispel this notion as an impossible task.

“These gangsters need to put down their weapons and turn over a new leaf. We can no longer tolerate these criminal activities.

“To suppress these underworld deeds, I have told Bintulu police to crack down hard on organised crimes and not let up in their efforts to bring peace and security to the streets,” he added. —DayakDaily.