PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested 534 suspected criminals in just four days of the “Ops Cantas Khas 2” operation nationwide.
Utusan Malaysia reported that 69 of them were believed to be secret society members.
The daily quoted Bukit Aman Anti-Vice, Gaming and Secret Societies (D7) Principal Assistant Director Roslee Chik as saying the suspects were nabbed at various locations in Selangor, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Penang, between last Saturday and yesterday.
“We seized 44 weapons, including pistols, machetes, knives, bullets and 10 vehicles in the raids.
“The suspects are being detained under the Societies Act 1966, as well as the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) to assist investigations,” Roslee told the daily.
According to the report, Selangor recorded the highest number of arrests (271), followed by Negeri Sembilan (56) and Johor (45).
“The operation will be conducted from time to time to stem criminal activities, especially those carried out by secret societies,” Roslee said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had recently instructed the police to launch “Ops Cantas Khas 2” to deter shooting incidents, which had been occurring of late.
Zahid had said that such incidents had nothing to do with weaknesses in existing laws. Instead, he attributed it to factors such as porous border crossings which allowed the smuggling in of firearms.