Group calls for justice for customs officer killed in 2016 crash

Afiq Luqman Baharudin speaking to reporters at Parliament this afternoon.

KUALA LUMPUR: A group today called for justice for customs officer Anisah Ali who died in 2016 after succumbing to internal injuries sustained when her vehicle was allegedly rammed into by members of a “tonto” syndicate.

The group, represented by Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto, said the government must provide the family with an explanation and an update on investigations into the incident.

She also said she had brought up the matter in the Dewan Rakyat.

“Until now, I haven’t received any answers from the home ministry or the Prime Minister’s Department,” she said.

In October 2016, Anisah, who was an officer at the Rantau Panjang Customs Department, was involved in an accident during an enforcement operation. The police reported that she succumbed to her injuries a day after the incident.

Five people were arrested in relation to the accident, but they were released on bail due to insufficient evidence.

The main suspect, known only as Mat Yeh, was released on Nov 15, 2016 after turning himself in on Nov 2, 2016. He was said to be part of a known smuggling ring in Kelantan.

Anisah’s son, Afiq Luqman Baharudin, 26, who was at Parliament to meet the MPs today, said the government should take action against the “hidden hands” protecting the criminals responsible for his mother’s death.

“We want our honest enforcement officers to feel motivated to carry out their duties,” he said.

“We don’t want those who died in the line of duty to have died in vain. And the families are forced to put in great effort to seek justice for them.

“For me, although I am traumatised, I have to keep my spirits up to seek justice for my mother, with the help of the MPs who have been encouraging me.”

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer said legally, there was no time limit for investigations into cases classified as criminal.

“The police can reopen investigation papers and charge those involved,” he said.

He urged the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the police to call for an inquest since the case involved a civil servant.