‘Use proper channels to report criminal activities’

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SUNGAI BULOH: The public should use the proper channels to report any criminal cases, including illegal gambling, to avoid endangering their own safety, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

While expressing his gratitude to burger seller Mohd Asri Hamid, 42, for exposing gambling activities in Sungai Buloh, Hamzah said the act of disseminating information on social media could pose a threat to the whistleblower.

Hamzah joined by Mohd Asri (left) visiting the location in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh where the illegal gambling activities are said to be taking place. — Bernama photo

“We encourage these whistleblowers to provide information on criminal cases, but it should be done according to the laws and they must not act recklessly.

“Do not make any accusations to the extent of making them go viral on social media. Please lodge a report and the authorities will investigate,” he told reporters when met in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh here yesterday.

A live video broadcast via the Hot Burger Malaysia Facebook page had gone viral and also been shared on Mohd Asri’s account under the name of ‘Asri Janggut’, who claimed that the authorities did not take any action on gambling activities in Sungai Buloh, besides revealing the gambling locations.

Hamzah said the police would also question Mohd Asri so that proper action could be taken on his allegations.

The police would also take action to ensure Mohd Asri’s safety, as he claimed that he might be in danger for exposing the video in social media.

At the same time, he said, stern action would be taken against police personnel if the allegations that they have been protecting illegal activities turned out to be true.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also said yesterday it would investigate allegations that the authorities were protecting illegal premises, gambling dens and people selling contraband cigarettes around Sungai Buloh. — Bernama