Thursday, November 21

Police to take action over alleged threat

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SIBU: The police will take action against several folk at Rh Ranggong in Ulu Niah for an alleged threat which happened last Friday.

Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said he had instructed the State Commissioner of Police Datuk Mohamad Saleh to take actions against those involved.

“I heard about the news just now (yesterday) and I have instructed the state police to take appropriate actions against those who engaged tactics to exert fear in people.

“This is because the action of exerting fear and threatening someone tantamounts to a criminal offence,” he told reporters.

He said this when asked on the incident at a longhouse in Ulu Niah, reported by a local media.

It was reported that several longhouse folk had allegedly threatened to use force against an oil palm estate over a dispute regarding dividend payment.

The company concerned had lodged a police report pertaining to the incident.

Earlier, Ismail attended the ‘Meet-the-people’ session at MUC hall here.

Among those present were state Deputy Commissioner of Police

Datuk Law Hong Soon, Nangka assemblyman Datuk Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, Temenggong Datuk Wan Hamid Edruce and Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail.

Elaborating on the case, Ismail said: “We will need to thoroughly investigate the matter before taking actions.”

He reminded members of the public not to take the law into their own hands when settling any disputes.

“Settle your problems amicably and never take the law into your own hands,” he advised, adding that they had not made any arrest in connection with the case.