Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaid Tuanku Jaffar wants the Prevention of Crime Act to be enforceable in Sabah and Sarawak too, to fight crime.
KUCHING: Crime is a national issue and laws must be effective nationwide to protect citizens, said Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaffar.
Junaidi was commenting on the new crackdown launched by the police to curb crime and gangsterism with the use of the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) 1959, which is only enforceable in Peninsular Malaysia but not in Sarawak and Sabah.
The recent spate of shootings and killings in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, he said, made it imperative for a standardised law when dealing with crime.
“We need to extend the PCA into Sarawak and Sabah. Crime is a national issue. There should not be any difference in approaches and methods, save what the law says, “ he told FMT when contacted.
Wan Junaidi was responding to the reports that Penang police gunned down five members of the Gang 04.
Police shot and killed the five during a raid on an apartment unit in Sungai Nibong. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar reportedly claimed that the five were notorious gang members involved in 10 murders and two attempted-murders since last year.
When asked, Wan Junaidi, who is also the president of ex-policemen association in Sarawak, said: “The police seem to see the possible connection between crime, syndicated crime and serious crime.
“So under the circumstances if we can cut off the syndicated crime, perhaps we can cut the serious crimes, PCA is the only instrument we have at the moment.”
Peninsular-based syndicates have also allegedly extended themselves to Sabah and Sarawak although the states are notorious for smuggling and crimes.
Asked if the PCA would see any difference in its respective implementations in the Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, Wan Junaidi said: “Implementation will follow the law and the constitution. The process will take time.
“It would involve seeking the consent of both governments and Parliament’.
He said although they had discussed it at ministry level to extend the PCA to Sarawak and Sabah, he still needed to speak to to the Attorney General and the state secretaries of Sabah and Sarawak.
“If I can’t see the Chief Ministers of the two states, then I need to speak with the minister in the chief minister’s office of both states. I’ve to seek the consent from the state leaders,” he said.
Meanwhile Sarawak commissioner of police, Acryl Sani Abdullah reportedly said currently police in Sarawak were using the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) that permitted them to detain anyone but for not more than 24 hours for documentation and background check.
The PCA meanwhile allows the police to detain a suspect for 14 days, followed by a maximum of another 28 days.