We are coming after you, IGP warns loan sharks in Malaysia

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur May 13, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur May 13, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 — Police are set to embark on a major “war” with loan shark syndicates, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador warned today.

Without giving out too much on their plans, the nation’s top cop said anyone found to be involved in loan shark activity will be arrested and prosecuted.

“Not long from now... we will launch a major operation on Ah Long (loan sharks) syndicates. They will be detained and charged in court.

“They could face action under Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLA), I will go after them with a multi-prong legal approach,” he told Bernama.

Reports of how loan sharks are becoming aggressive have been reported by the media of late, with cases of how images of defaulters being pasted in residential areas to shame them into paying up.

In another development, Abdul Hamid said the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Commercial Crimes Investigations Department have also embarked on various methods and approaches to combat illegal gambling activities in the nation’s capital.

“There have been arrests every week in the city, and I observed there is greater resolve in the force to clean up Kuala Lumpur from these (gambling) syndicates.

“There have also been drastic action taken against gangsterism in the capital,” he said.

Abdul Hamid also reminded his men to continue their policing work responsibly.

“We will add more manpower in sectors where they are really needed to ensure the job is done well and in a more organised manner. I do not want tasks to be done half-heartedly,” he said. — Bernama

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