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PM: Ops Cantas must continue for the people to live without fear

najib tun razakPUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has instructed the police to continue Ops Cantas Khas, saying that it was needed for the people to live without fear for their safety.

The Prime Minister said the operation which started on Aug 17 was action desired by the people.

“If we want to live in a country that is free from fear, then we have to fight crime, especially organised crime. It is not a witch hunt. It is (an action) desired by the people.

“In fact, I have told the police that the action must be continuous. It is a relentless fight against crime,” he said.

Najib was speaking to reporters after chairing the Bumiputera Agenda Action Council meeting here yesterday.

He added that the people should not be surprised by the ability of the police to announce the list of 49 secret societies found to be involved in criminal activities just about two weeks after the beginning of Ops Cantas Khas.

“This is what the rakyat is hoping for … stern and comprehensive action with full dedication. The people want to live in a country where they can feel safe and this we won’t compromise,” he said.

Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police would use the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 and the Societies Act to put an end to these gangs.

“These criminals had better beware. We are on the offensive and we will not stop until the 40,000 gangsters identified are brought to justice,” he said.

Khalid also denied allegations that politicians were backing gangsters, as reported by a Chinese daily yesterday.

“Who said so? So far, I haven’t heard of any politicians involved in these societies.

“But if we investigate and find that this is true, we will take the appropriate action,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house at the Selangor police headquarters.

Khalid added that under Ops Cantas Khas, more than 2,000 suspected gang members were detained in connection with extortion, armed robbery, drugs and murder.

– THE STAR

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