KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2009: Civilians who take the law into their own hands by assaulting criminals, to the extent of killing them, will not escape punishment, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said today.
He said members of the public should not use violence and vent their anger at criminals.
“Our country has laws. Even when angry with the criminals, don’t punish them to the extent of killing them,” he told reporters after attending a special gathering of police officers in conjunction with the 202nd Police Day in Bukit Aman here today.
He said this in response to an incident at Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang on 1 May where a group of motorcyclist bashed up a robbery suspect, who was left by police personnel handcuffed at a roadside while they (police) went to pursue another suspect.
The robbery suspect died the following day at the Ampuan Rahimah Hospital.
Musa said police could request for public assistance in certain situations.
“At the time of the incident, the suspect was arrested, while his accomplice escaped. So, police sought the help of the motorcyclists to keep watch over the suspect, who was handcuffed, while they went after the accomplice,” he added.
On the General Operations Force member who was found dead with a shot wound to his head at a border security post in Bukit Kwan Chu, Padang Besar, near the Malaysian-Thai border, Musa said police were investigating the incident. — Bernama