Tuesday, March 2

Foo lauds police for acting on suspected arson cases

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Milton Foo

KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth Central secretary-general Milton Foo says he is grateful to the police for their unrelenting efforts and attention to suspected arson cases here.

He said the police were taking the matter seriously, and were investigating the matter to establish full circumstances of the incident.

He added a meeting was held between the victims’ families, Kuching District Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and the investigating officers recently, whereby detailed information and facts were given to the police for their action.

“Positive outcome and fruitful results were attained during the meeting,” he said in a statement received yesterday.

Foo added he was pleased with the uncompromising stand and relentless effort of the police to combat crime and ensure safety of the people.

He added with the collaboration between the people and the police to fight crime, he was confident that Kuching would be a safe city for all.

Foo had earlier questioned whether Kuching was a safe place due to various crime cases reported over the past few months.

During a press conference on Feb 7, he claimed that Kuching folk had filed at least eight police reports on various crimes, adding that the arson cases reportedly happened at Jalan Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui on Dec 31 last year, at Taman Everbright on Jan 20, and at Taman Daya in BDC on Jan 24.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din denied such claims, deeming it as ‘reckless’ and ‘shallow’.

At a press conference on Feb 12, Ramli said it would be unfair if their (police) effort in keeping Sarawak safe, and the government’s effort to promote Visit Sarawak Year 2020 were ‘destroyed’ because of the statement.

He added the police had carried out many crime prevention operations, and made 1,824 arrests on drug-related offences so far this year, and recorded 1,318 cheating cases so far this year.