Lee Lam Thye: Come down hard on ‘wild party’ police station chief who tested positive for ganja

A social activist has urged the police to take stern action against a police station chief and his three personnel who were nabbed in a wild party at a station in the Kajang district two days ago.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said firm action was required, especially after it was revealed today that the station chief tested positive for ganja.

“I believe the majority of those serving in the force have done their best to help us, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. I have seen their good acts with my own eyes,” said Lee.

“However, the actions of a few rotten apples have now tarnished the force’s good name.

“And for the station chief to test positive for ganja is unacceptable. These are the very people entrusted with upholding the law.”

In Tuesday’s incident, four police personnel and four women, aged between 21 and 37, were nabbed while singing karaoke and consuming alcohol and ketum juice in a dark room lit with rotating lights on the second floor of the police station.

Lee echoed criminologist Datuk Dr P. Sundramoorthy’s call that once the investigation is completed, it must be made public.

“If found guilty, the authorities must come down hard to show the public they are not hiding anything and that the police can be the example we can look up to.

“Now that the public knows what transpired at the station, the outcome of the investigation and what punishment meted out must be made public.”

Lee praised Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standards Compliance Department (JIPS) for acting swiftly on a tip-off to catch those in the wild party red-handed.

“I salute those in JIPS for their raid on the station. They did not hesitate in carrying out their duty by going after their people,” he added.

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SYED SADDIQ PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MISAPPROPRIATING BERSATU FUNDS

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman claimed trial at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for the misappropriation of more than RM1 million belonging to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

He was Bersatu’s youth wing chief before leaving to form Malaysian United Democratic Alliance following the break-up of the Pakatan Harapan government.

The former youth and sports minister is alleged to have withdrawn and misappropriated RM1 million on March 6, 2020, at CIMB Bank, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, without obtaining approval from party chiefs.

The Muar MP was also hit with an additional charge of misappropriating RM120,000 between April 8 and April 21, 2018 at Maybank in Taman Pandan Jaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi set bail at RM300,000 for the first charge and RM30,000 for the second charge.

The cases have been fixed for mention on Sept 10.

MASKLESS MAN CLAIMS TRIAL TO TWO CHARGES

A businessman has claimed trial to not wearing a face mask in public at a nasi lemak stall along Jalan Desa Bakti in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, at about 10.30am on Sunday.

J. Shyamalan also pleaded not guilty to uttering offensive words towards nasi lemak seller Cherrilyn De Centino at the same time and place.

The 33-year-old was captured on video hurling abuse at a customer and De Centino while not wearing a face mask.

He was charged under Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2021 for failing to comply with Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

If found guilty, he could be fined up to RM50,000 or six month jail or both.

The accused also pleaded not guilty after being charged under Section 509 of the Penal Code for uttering offensive words towards De Centino.

The second offence warrants a maximum jail term of five years, or a fine or both.

MAKE SARAWAK DAY MEANINGFUL, SAYS BATU LINTANG ASSEMBLYMAN

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the declaration of Sarawak Day was to instil a greater sense of identity and belonging and for Sarawakians to show their love for Sarawak.

As such, he urged Sarawakians to remember the struggle of the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who pursued negotiations for the return of autonomous power and rights to Sarawak.

Separately, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wished Sarawakians a happy 58th ‘Sarawak Day’ in conjunction with its independence day.

Sarawak Day marks the establishment of self-government in the state.

MILLENNIALS, GEN Z LEFT STRESSED DUE TO COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought stress to the forefront of social consciousness. A report by Deloitte revealed that 44 per cent of millennials and 37 per cent of Gen Zs in Malaysia feel stressed all or most of the time.

Concerns regarding finances, family welfare, and job prospects were the main stress drivers.

The report solicited the views of 14,655 millennials and 8,273 Gen Zs from 45 countries.

Thirty-one per cent of millennials and 35 per cent of Gen Zs had taken time off work due to stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

However, nearly half of the group gave their employer a different reason for their absence. That is likely due to a continuing stigma around mental health in the workplace.

Only 38 per cent of millennials and 35 per cent of Gen Zs felt comfortable enough to speak openly with their supervisors about their stress.

Very few millennials (32 per cent) and Gen Zs (23 per cent) expressed that their employers in Malaysia took action to support mental/physical well-being.

The millennial generation are those born between 1981 and 1996 while Gen Zs are those born between 1997 and 2015.

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