IPOH: Thirty-one police personnel who have been identified colluding with a Macau scam syndicate and online gambling activities will face severe punishment soon.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said yesterday the results from investigations conducted had been submitted to the Police Force Commission for further action, Bernama reported.
He said that they were previously suspected of being involved in the Macau scam syndicate orchestrated by Zaidi Kanapiah, better known as Addy Kanna, and Goh Leong Yeong, or Alvin Goh.
“The Department of Integrity and Standard Compliance has already completed the investigations and submitted the paper to the commission, chaired by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
“This is because we view the offence as very serious, in the interest of the people. As the inspector-general of police, I have taken it to the top to be tried as fairly as possible.”
He said this at a media conference during the closing ceremony of the PDRM orang asli Constable Basic Course Series 1/2020 at the Main Shooting Range, General Operations Force Northern Brigade in Hulu Kinta here.
Abdul Hamid said the officers and personnel involved could face the sack, demotion and salary deductions.
Prior to this, the media reported that Addy Kanna and Goh were detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after they were found running a Macau scam and online gambling activities targeting victims in China, and working with cartels abroad.
MACC also detained and investigated several popular celebrities, police officers and personnel, who protected the syndicate.
Meanwhile, Abdul Hamid said police have not received any request from the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur regarding claims that a fugitive, Anis, purportedly a brother of General Aziz Ahmed, head of the Bangladesh Army, is hiding in the country.
He said police will investigate if there is an official request from the high commission to determine whether media reports claiming they own property around Kuala Lumpur had basis.
“We will not allow any organised criminal activity abroad to operate in the country nor any terrorist elements to take root here.
“We will wait if there’s any request from the Bangladesh High Commission on whether what was alleged has basis.
“Currently, there has been no such request,” he said.