Several individuals in Perak to be arrested for involvement in IS, state police chief says

By Sylvia Looi
Hasnan said all district police personnel will be working with the Election Commission to plan and implement the 'Election Day', 'Vote Counting' and 'Post Election' simulations. ― Picture by Farhan Najib

IPOH, Jan 12 ― Perak police have identified several individuals found to be involved in militant group Islamic State (IS) and will be picking them up soon.

State police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said the individuals included civil servants and wives of men who are involved in the group.

“Fighting IS is one of the key focus for Perak police this year,” he said declining to reveal the exact numbers involved.

Hasnan spoke to reporters after witnessing the handing over of duties for the Criminal Investigation Department chief, Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (Jips) (integrity) chief and Taiping district police chief today.

Hasnan also said the force will not compromise if its personnel were found to have misused their power.

“We will take stern action against those who do not have integrity,” he said.

Commenting on the case of three policemen arrested on suspicion of robbing a family in Kampung Rapat on December 27, Hasnan said they would be transferred to a less sensitive job in the force pending the issuance of their transfer order.

“They are currently on police bail and we have submitted the investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s office for further instruction,” he said.

“We will not give any chance. We will arrest and charge them in court,” he added, noting that a clean force was needed to ensure police wins the war against crime.

“We do not want the public to be victimised,” he added.

In the 2am incident, a 43-year-old police inspector, two lance-corporals aged 35 and 27 and a 32-year-old unemployed man were arrested on suspicion of robbing the family.

The quartet is believed to be part of six-man gang that stole RM12,300 in cash from the family.  Police then said the suspects had carried out the robbery by pretending to carry out a drug bust.