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Armed forces personnel under investigation for robbery

Armed forces chief Affendi Buang says there will be no compromise on matters of crime and indiscipline.

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Armed forces chief Affendi Buang. Photo: Bernama
Armed forces chief Affendi Buang. Photo: Bernama

The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) today confirmed that 20 of its personnel are being investigated by the police in connection with two robbery cases on Aug 15 and Aug 18 in Semporna, Sabah.

Armed forces chief Affendi Buang said the MAF would cooperate and leave the full investigation process to the police.

He added that MAF would not compromise on issues involving crime, discipline and violation of conduct, especially among its members.

"This is important because it can tarnish the image of MAF as an organisation that upholds the concept of integrity when carrying out its entrusted duties.

"All parties are also requested to not make speculations or statements that may interfere with the investigation process of the case," he said in a statement.

Yesterday, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat said a total of 20 military personnel were arrested on suspicion of being involved in two cases of robbery at sea in the waters of Pulau Siamil near Semporna, Sabah.

Both cases were investigated according to Section 395 of the Penal Code on gang robbery. The suspects were given bail on Sept 25, and the case is still under investigation.