Azis: High-ranking Prisons official had already quit
Published on: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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KOTA KINABALU: Home Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Azis Jamman (pic) said a high-ranking State Prisons Department official had already resigned before there was any news of drug offence allegedly involving him. 

“What I know is the officer concerned had already resigned before this (offence).

“As for other details, I am not sure. As far as I know, he had resigned way before, so it had nothing to do with him being a Prisons officer,” he told a media conference, here, Monday.

He was asked whether it is true that a high-ranking official was caught with suspected syabu and that the suspect tendered his resignation within 24 hours several weeks ago. 

He appeared to be in the dark when asked the post of the official concerned. 

When pressed further on the reason for the officer’s resignation, he said: 

“I have no comment, I have to check as I don’t dare to comment on something I am not really sure of.”

The State Prisons Department had been implicated for the wrong reasons in at least two major cases in court recently.

In October last year, 10 prison personnel, including an officer, were charged in the Magistrate’s Court with the murder of an inmate at Kepayan Prison. 

They were jointly accused of murdering a 36-year-old inmate in a cell of Kota Kinabalu Central Prison. The case is currently ongoing.

In August the same year, a magistrate questioned the serious lax in Sabah’s prison security which enabled a rapist serving a 33-year sentence to get his hands on syabu while serving sentence in jail.

Earlier this month, the then incoming Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said police have not made any arrest involving a high-ranking State Prisons Department official. 

Even the Kota Kinabalu Central Prison Director, Pen Teyun, when contacted several weeks ago, merely said he had “no comment” to make on the matter and that any inquiries should be directed to the State Prisons Director, instead.

If true, it would be the most serious instance of a high-ranking official being implicated in drugs. The Inspector General of Police had earlier assured that nobody would be spared in the crackdown on drugs, especially uniformed personnel.

In an immediate response, former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee said an investigation should be carried out by various law enforcement agencies to uncover the full facts of the alleged illegal possession of half a kilogramme of syabu by a senior Prisons Department officer, as reported by Daily Express.


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