Coincidentally bad timing…
From The Star 16 May 2010:
‘Ninja’ robbery gang on the prowl in Ampang
KUALA LUMPUR: Ampang residents have been warned to be cautious after a spate of robberies carried out by a “ninja” gang.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Abd Jalil Hassan said the gang, which carried out six robberies so far in the past six months, appeared to only strike in the Ampang area.
“The gang has five to seven members including two believed to be women.
“They wear black clothes and masks which only show their eyes. They are armed with machetes and would usually strike in the early morning between 3am and 6am,” he told reporters here yesterday.
“The gang would often target corner or end lots in residential areas, rousing their victims from sleep before tying them up and robbing them of their valuables,” he said.
ACP Jalil said police believed the robbers were locals.
He said the gang struck last Wednesday at a house in Taman Dagang, robbing a family of five and making off with RM7,000.
He also urged residents to start mounting neighbourhood patrols and co-operate with the police in order to catch the gang.
Also from The Star 16 May 2010:
‘Disregard baseless criticism’
JOHOR BARU: The police should continue to serve the people and not be affected by baseless criticism by irresponsible groups and individuals, said Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
Ghani expressed his confidence that the state police would overcome any challenges or obstacles to the best of their ability while ensuring the people’s security as their top priority.
He added that the state police should come up with a strategy to change the people’s negative perception.
“I am delighted to note that the police have already launched many initiatives to achieve that particular goal.
“Among them are the formation of the Ninja Squad to curb wayside robberies and a special task force to ensure the security of investors, especially foreigners,” he said in his speech during the Johor Police Appreciation Night on Friday.
Ghani also presented certificates of appreciation to state police personnel and contributed 20 computer sets to the state Police Family Association.
The Mentri Besar said that the use of modern technology would also enable the police to be prepared operation-wise and ready to face any security threat.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said in his speech that the state police, who currently had 7,744 personnel, were recently beefed up with an additional 350 personnel from the Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department.