No police reshuffle for now

Miri Central Police Station.

MIRI: No reshuffle at the moment in the Miri Police Department following an investigation on a rape case at Miri Central Police Station (CPS) lock-up in January this year, said Miri police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari today (Feb 16).

“We will decide on our next course of action once the probe is done,” he said, adding that the department is still waiting for the ongoing investigation by Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) to be completed.

On Monday (Feb 15), JIPS director Datuk Zamri Yahya, in a statement, said disciplinary action (demotion or sacking) would be taken against 11 senior and low-ranked police personnel for failure or negligence in carrying out their duties.

Last January, Senator Alan Ling, in a Facebook post, said a report was lodged by the rape victim, aged 16, at Miri CPS, claiming that she was raped by other detainees in the lock-up.

On Feb 9, two policemen, Brase Omang, 54, and Edmund Jali, 44, who were manning the lock-up when the alleged incident occurred, pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court to the charge under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.