Sunday, October 19, 2014

2137) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 26/9/2014 NEW STRAITS TIMES - ‘Spies’ nabbed, Duo Who Tipped Off Raids Held





TWO men, suspected of tipping off business operators during a joint-op led by City Hall were nabbed yesterday.
The duo were earlier seen following the authorities as the latter carried out the fourth “Op Banteras Aktiviti Haram” (Op Bah) to curb illegal activities in Jalan Tasik Utama in Bandar Tun Razak.
They were later taken away by the National Anti Drugs Agency (AADK) for urine tests and further investigation.
Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) activist Datuk Nadzim Johan, who was present as an observer, said AADK nabbed them following suspicion that they were drug addicts.
“Moreover, some suspicious characters had tailed the authorities’ during previous operations. This time, we have a stronger team from various agencies to nab them.”
Nadzim said the operations would make the residents feel safer.
“The residents have complained to us that they felt unsafe in their neighbourhood,” he said.
Over 350 personnel from 13 agencies, including the Federal Territories Ministry, City Hall, AADK, Immigration Department, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and Telekom Malaysia, took part in the raid.
They were divided into three groups to check on different areas in Bandar Tun Razak.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikhsan said the operation targeted illegal massage parlours and cyber cafes which offered illegal gambling.
“There are 300 illegal cyber cafes here and 40 of them are in this area. So far, we have confiscated 130 computers from two illegal cyber cafes.
“We have also torn down those premises, especially their entrances,” he said.
Adnan expressed disappointment that the business operators have defied the authorities by continuing their illegal activities.
“Syabas and TNB have previously cut off their water and electricity supply but they resorted to illegal connections,” he said.
He added that those caught will be brought to book.
“I don’t think imposing fines is a deterrent because they are raking in more than the fines,” said Adnan.
At press time, the operation was still ongoing.

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