Wilfred Yap calls to police to do more on scrap metal theft
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (SPCB) Chief Wilfred Yap was recently approached by a mechanic seeking his advice and assistance. The mechanic informed Wilfred Yap that he works full time with a workshop in 10th Mile area, Kuching and on weekends, he goes back to his village in Padawan where he accepts motor vehicles and motorcycles for repairs to supplement his income.
The mechanic also informed that one van, two cars, and four motorcycles handed over to him by their owners for repair had been stolen from his village house workshop during his absence. The mechanic is anxious and scared as the owners who handed over their van, motorcars and motorcycles for repairs now wants their return.
The mechanic informed that he found out that the van, cars and motorcycles can be found in the yard of a scrap metal dealer in Muara Tuang area and that he has together with the owners of the van, cars and motorcycles lodged police reports for investigation by the police.
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau have written to Sarawak Police Commissioner to request the police to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation on the matter based on the police reports lodged. SUPP Public Complaints Bureau will continue to follow up and monitor the situation closely until the investigations on the problem facing the mechanic is completed by the police and the culprits responsible properly dealt with under the law.
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau also hopes that the police will also strictly enforce the Second-Hand Dealer’s Act and step up their efforts to stringently monitor the activities of second -hand dealers as they provide an avenue for thieves to sell their stolen metal items. If the police, start checking closely on these scrap yard dealers, they might think twice about buying stolen metal items. Tight enforcement is the solution to overcome this issue. It is also timely for the relevant authorities to further tighten the law and impose stricter rules and regulations on those buying and selling scrap metals.
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone facing problems or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it. Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance.
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