Thursday, August 18, 2022

Govt to focus on probes into illegal activities

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is now placing emphasis on operations against and investigations into illegal activities in the state.

Acting State Secretary Datuk Jaul Samion said this at the launch of a handbook entitled “Guide to Investigation” by Mohd Firdaus @ V Spencer of the State Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPN) at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here, yesterday.

“Hence, the publication of this handbook is a timely one as it touches on the basics of investigation processes, techniques and areas that any investigator should be familiar with in order to carry out quality investigations,” he said.

Jaul also stressed the importance of the three pillars, namely intelligence, operation and investigation, all of which were essential in the analysis of many cases.

He was confident that the handbook could also act as a framework to complement any types of investigative skill even though the materialisation of it stemmed from the perspective of a former law enforcement officer.

Jaul said, “Investigators should master many types of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in order to obtain strong evidences that can help to build up cases against culprits to charge them in court.”

He said that substandard investigations did not only cause wastage of resources and manpower, but criminals would also have the impression that they were safe from the law, thus, increasing the rate of illegal activities.

In his concluding remarks, Jaul expressed his gratitude to UKPN for publishing the handbook which could help government agencies throughout the state to increase the rate of prosecutions of criminals.

The author of the handbook, Mohd Firdaus @ V Spencer had vast experience in the law enforcement field.

He had served in the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) for 16 years before being appointed as the head of the Sarawak branch in 2008.

He also sat in various committees after being transferred to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Sarawak where several commendation letters were awarded to him for outstanding services.

Currently, Mohd Firdaus serves as a Principal Assistant Director (Security Services) in UKPN.

Among those present were UKPN director Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung, State Implementation Monitoring Unit (Simu)director Abdul Rahman Sebeli and representatives from various local agencies.

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