Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dear YAB Prime Minister, the situation is dire, recall the EO please (updated)

Uodated 12 July 2013

Read Rocky Bru's:

The debate for a new Simpang Rengam

UpdatedThe Scribe mentions the EO in his latest posting h e r e:
"... I salute Ahmad Zahid for admitting that most of the criminals detained by police were former Emergency Ordinance (EO) detainees (read here) released when Mohd Najib repealed the law along side the ISA and the Banishment Act. Clever.
Hard to miss the sarcasm...

Original posting
The news: Zahid: Most criminals nabbed are ex-EO detainees,The Star, 11 July 2013
read the rest here.

I salute the new KDN Minister  for having the balls to stand up for PDRM to fight the crooks who are behaving with impunity since the EO was repealed by PM Najib. Time to undo the damage done by the repeal. 

Original Post:
Dear YAB Prime Minister this report is for you as one responsible for the repeal of the Emergency Ordnance Act (EO):

Hardcore criminals running loose

PETALING JAYA: The repeal of the Emergency Ordinance saw some 2,000 detainees being freed. If even a third of them returned to crime, that means there are about 800 hardcore criminals running loose in the country.

Police, however, believe the number could be far bigger.Most of the youths released from detention under the EO usually return to their old ways, a police officer said.The assistant superintendent from Perak, who requested anonymity, said that when the EO was in effect, these individuals were kept off the streets.

“As soon as they were off the leash, it was back to breaking the law,” he said in an interview.

This was inevitable as crime is the only livelihood former detainees were accustomed to, he said.“All they need to do is make a telephone call and they will be ‘hooked up’. Some need not even make that call; they almost immediately get ‘recruited’.”

Add to this situation the seemingly easy availability of firearms all the way from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Johor, and we have a scary scenario on our hands.With violent snatch thefts, assaults and robberies of restaurant and their patrons, even food outlets are resorting to hiring armed guards to protect them.

Others are keeping their doors locked, only allowing regular patrons into their premises.

The ASP also said many former detainees were capable of anything, even robbing wedding guests at religious premises.

“There have been many such cases when temple weddings were held during the wee hours, an auspicious time for Hindus,” he said.

“Robbers see this as an ‘auspicious’ time, too. It is ideal for them – it’s 5am, it’s dark and there’s no real security.

“Also, they know that women wear jewellery during these functions,” the ASP said.On why the former detainees escaped prosecution, the source said it was difficult to find incriminating evidence against them.

“Most of them are gang members. To society, they are ruthless and intimidating. Witnesses are not forthcoming; it is hard to gather concrete proof to put the suspects behind bars.”

“Many of them are also either on drugs or are pushers themselves,” another senior police officer said. He said that while addicts on traditional drugs like ganja and heroin could be sent for rehabilitation programmes, those on amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) like syabu have greater feeling of confidence and were harder to control.

There was also no tailored rehabilitation programmes for this group, who only use the drugs when they set out to commit crimes.ATS, he said, was the kind of drugs used by kamikaze pilots in World War Two before their suicide dives. ATS users are also likely to end up with mental health problems.

I say the time is ripe for a recall of the EO with minor adjustments to prevent abuse by the powers that be. Stop blaming crime prevention on Polis inadequacies alone. 

The PM must stop listening to the few who will never vote for his party and start listening to those Malaysians who voted his party into office in PRU13. Many peace loving Malaysians are still holding their votes for PRU14, that I am sure.

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