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Consider environmental pollution as organised crime under Sosma, say cops

Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador assures that the Sungai Gong investigation will be carried out transparently.

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The police have proposed to the Attorney-General’s Chambers that environmental pollution offences be categorised as organised crime and investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) 2012 or Sosma.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said this would involve not only the Sungai Gong pollution in Rawang but all future cases involving environmental pollution.

“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has said that he views seriously issued which threaten the health of the people,” he said in a press conference in Cheras today.

Adding that the offence was a serious and repeated crime, he said the police were looking into the best legislation to use in dealing with those found guilty.

“As such, I am calling on the people to be calm and patient as police are still investigating the case.”

He added that the investigation would be transparent, saying the police have no interest in closing the case or reducing the degree of offence.

On the establishment of a special team to investigate environmental pollution, he said it would be up to the home ministry to decide.

“No problem, we are prepared to accept this responsibility and are confident of assisting the environment ministry with the establishment of additional posts in the police force,” he said.

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