Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crying foul over police inaction

New Straits Times, 22 April 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: A suspect was in hand. The scene of the crime had been established. A confession was made. But that's about as far as the case has gone. After more than three months of waiting, a transport company director has had it with what he claims to be indecisiveness on the part of the police in solving his case. Lam Ng Nga, 61, said he found it baffling that the police had not acted on his report on missing cargo, which he filed on Jan 10, despite him bringing his former driver -- a key suspect -- right to their doorstep. He said the driver, who was supposed to transport 18 pieces of I-beams to Pasir Gudang, Johor, from here in December, admitted selling the cargo to another buyer in Puchong. Lam claimed that the investigating officer took down a confession from the driver, who even showed the officer where he sold the cargo. But no arrests were made. Lam said he had gone to meet the investigating officer seven times in January since lodging his report, and raised it with the officer's superiors in Bukit Aman three times in February, but to no avail. Another complainant, Lee Nai Sim, 40, said that in her case, she was also confused by the actions of the investigating officer who allegedly refused to even meet her. She said she filed a report against her stockbroker last Saturday, after discovering that all her shares had been sold without her consent, amounting to RM400,000 in losses. Lee claimed that the officer merely instructed his subordinate over the phone to tell her to file a suit directly with a magistrate. Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng, who held a press conference for the two complainants, said it was the police's duty to investigate reports and not shift the burden to the victims. © Copyright 2009 The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad. All rights reserved.

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