ARKIB : 03/08/2004
Get criminals who shot dead policeman at once - PM
PUTRAJAYA Aug 2 - The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Monday directed the police to arrest speedily the criminals who shot dead a policeman and injured his colleague in Muar Saturday night.
"This is an incident which warrants us to respond speedily in the accepted sense of the word ... police must act quickly and firmly," Abdullah who is also Minister of Internal Security said.
A crime in which a member of the police force itself was killed was a very serious matter which implied that law enforcement was no longer respected, the Prime Minister said.
Hence the criminal or criminals should be arrested quickly and brought to face justice, he said at the monthly assembly of the Prime Minister's Department staff in Putrajaya.
In the incident at about 11 pm a member of a police patrol was shot dead and his colleague was injured when two robbers opened fire on the police patrol as the criminals emerged from robbing a house in Taman Maharani.
The fallen member of the force is Corporal Manja Manaf, 40, of Jasin, Melaka while the injured is Lance Corporal Razali Abu Bakar of Raub, Pahang also in his 40s.
Firm action was necessary lest the criminals believe that police were helpless in this matter and they could resort to committing any crime they fancied, the Prime Minister said.
Police could not afford to be complacent as this could provide licences to criminals to act as they wished, Abdullah said.
Abdullah said he was saddened by the killing of the policeman and the injury suffered by his colleague.
The Prime Minister said according to the report he had received the police patrol had gone to the place after receiving a complaint about a robbery.
He said police should send the message that crime does not pay in this country.
"Firm and speedy action against criminals is necessary and this is the only way to send the lesson to those who try to commit crime that crime does not pay," he added.
Meanwhile in MUAR, federal police CID Director Datuk Musa Hassan said police are hunting for the killers of a policeman here Sunday night and would go all out to fight violent crimes.
"We will work hard to eliminate violent crimes," he told reporters after visiting the remains of the late Cpl Manja at the Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatima mortuary, here Monday.
He said this when asked to comment on the statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Putrajaya calling on the police to immediately track down the criminals who fatally shot Cpl Manja.
Musa, however, declined to comment on the incident except saying: "We are still investigating and will give a statement as soon as we get more information."
Musa was accompanied by Johor Police Chief Datuk Amir Sulaiman and senior police officers at the mortuary.
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