Lee: Improve efforts to stop gun smuggling

KUANTAN: The authorities in charge of security have to find ways and means to stop firearms from being smuggled into the country, said Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said although the recent spate of gun crimes was not related to Islamic State militancy, the frequency of the incidents had given rise to serious concerns from the public.

“No doubt the Malaysian public is concerned about the shooting incidents recently. This matter has to be addressed thoroughly by the police. They have to look at how these weapons can get into the country.

“It is time for the authorities to go all out to tackle this problem.

“The various law enforcement agencies have to intensify security at our borders by ensuring stringent checking and detecting to prevent parts for the firearms from being smuggled in,” said Lee after closing an Eco World Foundation UPSR camp and students aid programme here yesterday.

He was commenting on a report that firearms were easily smuggled in by being dismantled into smaller parts first and then brought into the country by different people.

Lee also urged local governments to install more closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) as they had been effective in helping police solve crime.

“I want to call on the public to do its part as well by rendering assistance and information to help the police. At the same time, MCPF would like to give due recognition to the police for fighting crime on all fronts, especially by tightening security to deal with elements of Islamic State,” he said.

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