Monday, November 5, 2012

‘False cops’ target Indonesian immigrants

Source: (By Leven Woon, 2/11/2012)
The plainclothes “policemen '' target Indonesia immigrants, robbing homes in Segambut under the guise of police raids.
A group of men impersonating as policemen have been on the rampage in two villages in Segambut. They come to the houses in Kampung Segambut Dalam and Kampung Segambut Bahagia in the wee hours of the morning and ransack the houses.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said many Indonesian immigrants and illegal migrants who reside in the two kampungs have fallen victim to the group. Lim suspects the group to be criminals instead of policemen. At a press conference by Lim, two victims told reporters how the group works.
They conduct raids in the wee hours of the morning and take the valuables in the rooms while the residents were told to wait in the living room. Indonesia immigrant Abdul Wasir Ali said the “police robbers” visited his home at 4am on Oct 24, and he was awakened by the continuous knocks on the door. He said the group of six, who were in plainclothes, said they were policemen and entered his home without his permission. He said he was not told why they raided his home and the “police personnel” also failed to produce any identity documents. His family of five was then asked to sit in a corner of living room, while the group ransacked the rooms and stole the valuables. “My wife tried to resist when she saw them taking away necklaces and cash, but one of the guys was very fierce,” he recounted, adding the he suffered RM2,000 in losses.
Another Indonesia immigrant Fardaus Yusman said the group identified themselves as from the narcotics department of Bukit Aman police headquarters when they approached his home on Tuesday morning. In the 2.30am incident, the “police personnel” claimed their intention was to search for drugs and repeatedly asked for his co-operation, he said.
Fardaus said he tried to keep an eye on the group when they entered his room, but was asked to move away. “One of them shouted ‘can’t you give co-operation to the police’,” he said. He suffered RM10,000 in losses which included RM400 cash, necklaces and bracelets.
Commenting on the incidents, Lim urged members of the public to scream aloud for neighbour’s help if these “policemen” come to their house.
He also said the public should snap photos of the “police personnel”, since there is no law to prevent them from doing so. The DAP parliamentarian however said it would be hard to pursue the two victims’ complaints as there were no clues to identify whether the robbers were real policemen or just criminals.

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