Crime & Courts

Tiong urges police to take firm action against criminal gangs in Sibu

SIBU: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has urged police to take strong measures to weed out criminals, especially armed gangs, in Sibu.

Commenting on the New Year's Day shooting in Jalan Wong King Huo here which saw three men injured, he said police must prevent such incidents to ensure the peace and safety of the Sibu community.

"I urge the Sibu police chief and colleagues to swiftly solve the case, using strong measures against criminal gangs. I also appeal to the public to provide information to the police and cooperate with investigations to apprehend trigger-happy criminals and thereby eliminate this threat to our society," he said in a statement on his Facebook page today.

Tiong, who is also Bintulu Member of Parliament and Dudong state assemblyman, believed that Sibu police are capable of combating criminal elements and would take a zero-tolerance approach towards crimes.

Police must also step up law enforcement efforts in the future, particularly increasing patrols in security-sensitive areas such as entertainment venues and bars after nightfall, he said.

According to Tiong, the shooting incident had sent shockwaves throughout the entire Sibu society and raised concerns about the possibility of widespread availability of firearms in Sibu, leading to deep anxieties about personal safety.

He said the culprits showed no regard for human lives and disrespect for law enforcement by openly disrupting societal peace.

"If swift and decisive action is not taken to punish them, it will be impossible to reassure local businesses and residents," he added. – Bernama

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