20 May 2007

Taib will not tolerate rogue civil servants

The Star

Taib will not tolerate rogue civil servants

KUCHING: Sarawak will not allow anyone linked to gangsters to serve in the state government.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his deputy Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam gave this warning when replying to queries on the matter in the state assembly here yesterday.

Taib warned of stern action against anyone in his government found to be linked to gangsterism.

“Nobody in my government will be spared if they are involved in criminal activities.

“It is a serious matter,” he said, responding to Richard Wong Ho Leng (DAP – Bukit Assek), who said newspaper reports had linked a state minister with gangsters.

Dr Chan told the opposition assemblyman that the police had opened files on suspected gangsters and were building up the cases.

He said six suspected gangsters in the state had been sent to the Simpang Renggam detention centre in Johor and seven others had been charged in court.

Quoting police statistics, he said there had been increasing incidences of serious crimes, like murder, robbery and rape, since 2005.

Dr Chan said there were 2,167 cases of such crimes last year, an increase of 341 cases from the year before.

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