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Rumours can jeopardise search ops

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Dec 2008: Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar has dismissed as rumours claims that police and security personnel have broken into vacated houses in Bukit Antarabangsa where a major landslide occurred.

He said police were treating the matter as rumours so long as no reports were made.

“If it is true, then they should lodge a report so that we can investigate the matter. Otherwise, don’t spread rumours as we don’t want them to jeopardise the operation,” he told reporters here.

Khalid said six reports had been received so far – five related to loss of belongings while another was due to dissatisfactions over the presence of outsiders in the area.

“The reports were lodged by those whose houses were affected by the landslide and not by those whose houses were vacated,” he said.

Khalid also said that police would step up security in the area.

On the search for the missing Sri Lankan maid, he said, it was still ongoing.

The operation today was made more difficult by persistent rain, he added.

“We have to be very careful as there are still earth movements in the area,” he said. — Bernama


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