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Sunday, February 5, 2023

20 M’sian Armed Forces personnel arrested for suspected piracy in Sabah waters

Social News20 M'sian Armed Forces personnel arrested for suspected piracy in Sabah waters

Joining the army means that you’ll pledge yourself to protect the civilians. However, that is not the case in reality and in fact, anyone can do bad things at their choice.

Recently, the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) confirmed that 20 of its members were involved in two robbery cases in Semporna, Sabah on 15 and 18 August.

According to a report by Sinar Harian, ATM General Tan Sri Affendi Buang said ATM would cooperate fully with the police investigation and have handed over the 20 members involved.

He then stressed that the Armed Forces will not compromise with any party being involved in crime or disciplinary violation, especially among ATM members.

“This is important because it can tarnish the image of the MAF as an organisation that upholds the concept of integrity when carrying out its entrusted duties.”

“All parties are also requested to not make speculations or statements that may interfere with the investigation process of the case,” he said.

Source: Berita Harian

Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin told the Dewan Rakyat that the 20 military personnel were also arrested on suspicion of being involved in 2 cases of a robbery at sea in the waters of Pulau Siamil near Semporna.

“For your information, the cases are still being investigated and the ministry can only take action once investigations are done,” he said in a written response.

He said that both cases are being investigated according to Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years as well as whipping.

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