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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Don't Bow To Pressure: Reminder To Enforcement Agencies

KLUANG, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on Friday reminded all enforcement agencies not to bow to pressure from any quarters in discharging their duties.

He said these agencies, including the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), must be firm because irresponsible people would always seek to undermine their work.

"We are here to discharge our duties. So, don't be afraid and bow to pressure because we are on the right track. No matter what happens, the agencies responsible for bringing people to justice must be earnest in their work.

"If we are not firm, what happened to the MACC can also happen to the police and the Prisons Department," he told reporters after a visit to the Kluang Prison, here.

Hishammuddin, who is Sembrong Member of Parliament, was commenting on the Molotov cocktails hurled at a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle at the Selangor MACC office in Klang on Thursday.

He also said that a special unit had been set up to monitor and collect information from all agencies under the ministry for evaluation and improvement of services.

On the improvement of the Prisons Department, he said he would make visits to prisons in the country to look at the aspects which required improvement, including deportation of foreign prisoners, skills training for prisoners and physical development of prisons.

Hishammuddin said the proposal to deport foreign prisoners to ease congestion in 30 prisons nationwide was still under discussion.

On another matter, he asked committee members of mosques and suraus nationwide to be the government's eyes and ears during the coming festive season to identify people in need of a financial assistance so as to prevent them from borrowing money from loan sharks. -- BERNAMA

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