November 11, 2017
IGP: Terengganu top cop’s comment not meant to be racial
KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Mohd Fuzi Harun has sought to defuse criticisms against Terengganu police chief Aidi Ismail for his reported statement linking race to gangsterism, saying it may not have been “intentional”.
“I am not defending him, but I do not think he had the intention (to mean that) when he said it.
“Knowing Aidi, he did not mean to make any racial remarks on the issue. It just happens to be that gangsterism in Terengganu is under control,” he said.
Fuzi told reporters this during a visit to the UTK’s (Special Action Unit) training centre in Cheras today, in response to questions about whether Aidi was guilty of racial profiling.
According to a Bernama report on Wednesday, Aidi said Terengganu had no record of gangsterism because the state was made up mostly of Malays.
“In Terengganu, 97% of the population are Malays and they still respect older people in their villages. They respect the village chief, imam and bilal.
“This living culture is an advantage that can prevent gangsterism-related crime” he had said.
Later, members of several parties called on Aidi to apologise for the comment.
9 November 2017
No gangsterism in Terengganu as 97 per cent of population are Malays, says state’s top cop
KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian east coast state of Terengganu has no gangsterism problem, claimed its police chief, attributing it to the state’s overwhelming Malay population.
Mr Aidi Ismail said Terengganu has a 97 per cent Malay population, and the community still show respect towards figures of authority, which includes village elders, village chiefs and imans.
“This culture is an advantage, and can prevent crimes related to gangsterism,” national news agency Bernama quoted him as saying.
Moreover, he said residents usually report criminal activities to the police, such as drug abuse by youths.
He noted that Terengganu’s crime index showed a 7.3 per cent decrease for the first 10 months of 2017 compared with the same period last year.
Malaysia has been grappling with problems related to gangsterism over the years.