The recent arrest by the Johor Police contingent of 12 enforcement officers linked to the Nicky Gang and several others arrested earlier shows the wide influence organised crime syndicate leader Nicky Liow had over some officers from the federal enforcement agencies to protect its illegal activities. This is shocking.
Of the 12 arrested, two were Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers, which has now cast serious doubts as to the integrity and trustworthiness of MACC officers. To date, a total of 68 individuals have been arrested, comprising members of the syndicate, police officers from Bukit Aman, Selangor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Johor, and the two MACC officers.
Patriot congratulates Johor Chief Police Officer Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay for being instrumental in leading his team of dedicated officers to flush out the criminal activities of the syndicate and for the arrests of all linked to it. The net value of the assorted illegal items seized was no less than RM20m.
Ayob Khan was appointed Johor police chief on 6 March 2020, and on 26 November 2020 the Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department busted a drug trafficking syndicate, otherwise known as the Ah Soon syndicate, and seized various types of drugs worth RM737,000.
Ayob Khan’s success in combating serious criminal activities in Johor and elsewhere in such a short period as Johor police chief indicates that, before his tenure, something was amiss and those before him fell short of their performance. Such criminal activities, especially drug trafficking, takes a long time for the culprits to make connections, to nurture, and to develop their distribution chain. It cannot be done within just a few months.
The “blue code of silence” as mentioned by the then-inspector general of police, Hamid Bador, in a recent media briefing might have been the reason for the failure to detect such criminal activities earlier.
Ayob Khan is now a household name for his forceful and uncompromising stand as a crimebuster, particularly against corruption within the force, inspired by the previous inspector general’s expose of corruption among senior police officers. Today, Ayob Khan is well regarded and praised by Malaysians for his outstanding police work and is much sought after by the media. He is the people’s hero.
Patriot, like all citizens of this country that hate corruption, is hopeful that Ayob Khan will one day helm the police force to combat corruption, redeem the lost pride of the force, and make the police force a shining beacon inspiring all to come together to make our nation great.
Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot)