Monthly Archives: August 2009

Cops seek help to nab two crime suspects



BINTULU: The local police are asking for information from the public to help them hunt down two most wanted and dangerous crime suspects here.

One of the suspects is believed to be the mastermind and leader of ‘Datuk Gang’.

The last known address of Datuk Kuleh (MyKad: 780815-13-5417), 31, is RPR Tanjong Kidurong Phase II and Rumah Gangga Bruan Besar Matu.

Bintulu acting police chief ASP Azmi Aziz said he is wanted for various offences like snatch theft, gang robberies, fighting and car theft that were reported in Bintulu and Miri.

Another suspect is 28-year-old Johnny Jilan (MyKad: 811003-13-6069) whose last known address is Tuai Jilin, Sungai Saeh, Sepupok, Niah. He is believed to be a member of the ‘Datuk Gang’.

Azmi told a press conference at Bintulu Central Police Station (CPS) yesterday that based on information obtained from two other suspects who were nabbed on July 20 and 21 in Sungai Plan and Bukit Orang residential area.

They claimed that the leader of the gang here and in Miri was actually Datuk himself.

Azmi said the police had ambushed the suspects at their homes, but they managed to get away early.

“We found that Datuk and Johnny have been involved in various crimes in 2008 and both have court cases pending.

“They are believed to be very dangerous because of their involvement in various crimes and also because they hurt their victims during robberies and snatch thefts,” he said.

Warrants have also been issued for their arrest after they failed to attend their court cases.

The warrants were issued last July 7, July 15 and Aug 4, respectively.

Datuk has four charges against him while Johnny has two.

“And I warn those who protect and hide them can be charged in court too,” said Azmi, adding that with the arrest of the suspects, 40 to 50 snatch theft cases reported here would be solved.

Those who know the whereabouts of the suspects are urged to call Bintulu CPS on 086-312531, operation room at 086-318304, 332044, 332019, 332113, 331121 or ASP Azmi on 012-4913222.

Regarding an automated teller machine (ATM) that was stolen from Forescom Plywood Sdn Bhd in Kemena Industrial Estate on July 30, Azmi said no arrest has been made so far in connection with it.

About 3pm on Aug 19, the police led by Azmi retrieved the machine from where it was abandoned on the bank of Sungai Segan in Ulu Sebauh.

A large hole had been made in the upper section of the machine.

The police believed that one or two more suspects have some connection to the case and the police were working round the clock to track them down.

The ATM which contained RM138,180 was installed by CIMB Bank for the convenience of workers.

The prime suspect quit his job one month prior to the theft.


Enough essential items for Raya: Ministry

Over 260 metric tonnes sugar will arrive on Aug 31 to specifically cater to high demand of upcoming festival

BINTULU: Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (Bintulu branch) acting chief Muhammad Daud Ali yesterday assured the public that all essential items meant for the Hari Raya celebrations were in sufficient supply.

As such, there should be no panic buying among the general public.

He also said that no reports about any shortage of essential items had been made, and at the moment the sugar stock here amounted to about 217 metric tonnes – enough to go around for everybody. More than 260 metric tonnes would arrive on Aug 31 to specifically cater to the high demand of the upcoming festival.

Daud told reporters this after the launch of the ministry-organised ‘price tag’ campaign at Pasar Tamu here, which the Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis had the honour to open.

“So far, we have not received any report whatsoever from the consumers regarding any drastic increase in prices of essential items. Sugar is still sold at RM1.60 per kg here,” he said.

The (price tag) campaign, which runs from July 27 to Aug 31, is aimed at creating greater awareness among the traders about the need to practise proper business conduct and the need to comply with the rules and regulations.

It is also aimed at telling the consumers to be smart and be able to compare prices from several outlets before eventually buying the items.

“Price tags are not only meant for display on essential items, but for all goods,” Daud said, adding that failure to display the price tags would render traders liable to a fine not exceeding RM15,000 or two-year jail or both.

Ismail meanwhile said the campaign was one of the many ways to educate consumers how to spend their money wisely by comparing prices from one outlet to another.

The chairman of Bintulu Hawkers Association, Voon Ching Leong, welcomed the ministry’s effort on the price tag campaign that should be practised by all traders including his members.

Don’t allow opposition to gain power

They have no knowledge, understanding and even refused to acknowledge devt carried out by S’wak govt: Jabu

BINTULU: The multi-ethnic communities in Sarawak particularly the Dayaks are civilised and living in peace and harmony with each other, and not otherwise as claimed by certain people in the opposition.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said the opposition has no knowledge and understanding and even refused to acknowledge development implemented by the government in Sarawak.

“The Democratic Action Party (DAP), Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) only know how to criticise us.

“Even the tradition of Dayaks using ‘cawat’ was also criticised by PAS.

“Its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s ideas about us were just his imagination,” said the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president when officiating at PBB Kemena branch triennial general meeting at Li Hua Hotel recently.

Jabu who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications and Rural Development Minister said Sarawakians should not allow the opposition to gain power because their political ideologies were not really suitable for the people here, and besides they have no respect for local cultures.

“They speak out their minds not based on facts, but from their wild imagination,” said Jabu, adding that their presence here only created chaos and uncertainty.

Therefore, he urged all BN component parties to be strong and cooperate with each other for the development of knowledgeable and

trained human capital to meet the demands of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and to eradicate rural poverty.

To him, politics must be focused mainly on closing any rural-urban development gap.