BAU: Sarawak Commissioner of Police (CP) Datuk Ramli Din stated that the revocation of rifle ownership licences in Sarawak will commence soon.

“No licences have been revoked yet as we are still waiting from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) headquarters on what they meant by ‘in stages’.

“Perhaps they will issue a letter to the rifle owners and request them to surrender (their rifles),” he said during a press conference after paying a visit to Bau district police headquarters (IPD) yesterday.

“This (rifle revocation) will be done in stages because in Sarawak, shotguns are handled by the state government and not by PDRM,” he added, as there are more than 70 rifles owned in Sarawak.

CP Ramli noted that the state government had the exact figure because the applications and affairs (for a rifle) were managed by the government.

CP Ramli (right) with Bau district police chief DSP Poge Nyaon at the press conference after paying a visit to Bau district police headquarters (IPD). Photo: Ghazali Bujan

“However, we (PDRM) will also observe them when we are informed on the rifles … currently, we are only given authority on pistols,” he said, noting that PDRM used to have authority on rifles.

He explained that there were many reasons why rifle licences should be revoked and among them included poaching of endangered and protected wildlife such as elephants, tigers and others.

Hence, it (the revocation) was to take care of the wildlife and was among the methods to control people from hunting illegally.

On the drug issue in Bau, he said that the district was not completely clean from the menace.

“We, the police will act aggressively to clean such substance abuse, not just in Bau and Sarawak only but nationwide.

“As recent statistics in 2019 showed that there are more enforcement actions, drug arrests and seizures. It includes the drug bust in Miri with 9kg of syabu and 20,000 pills seized
in the new year (Jan 1),” he stated.

Apart from tackling drugs, CP Ramli added that they were also facing border issues as Indonesia’s new capital would be located in East Kalimantan and, it would have some effects on this district.