Johor to Get DNA Analysis Centre


This seems like good news for crime fighting and case solving in Johor.

From The Star 30 April 2009:

Johor to get DNA centre

JOHOR BARU: A DNA analysis centre will be set up here to cater to the needs of the southern region, said Chemistry Department director-general N. Hithaya Jeevan.

The centre, expected to begin operations by the middle of next year, will ease the workload of the forensics department as DNA analysis could be done faster, he said, adding that it could help police solve criminal cases quicker, too.

Hithaya explained that analysis done at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya took a longer time because it is the only such centre in Peninsular Malaysia now.

“Analysis that takes a month or longer to be processed in Petaling Jaya can now be obtained in two to three weeks if done in Johor Baru,” he told reporters after launching the department’s 100th year celebration at the Johor branch here yesterday.

The centre would cost about RM1.5mil to RM2mil to set up, he said, adding that it would also help to lower the cost of DNA analysis, as inter-state travelling was not required.

He explained that one of two blocks would be upgraded and the DNA analysis centre would be set up in the renovated block, adding that renovations were expected to begin next month.

Hithaya said Johor received about 15 cases requiring DNA analysis a month.

There is a centre in Kuching while the third centre in Penang is expected to begin operations by the middle of this year.

A new branch of the Chemistry Department would be opened in Kota Baru in June, he added.

Then again, recalling how the JB police didn’t even care to visit the crime scene to eveb look see, even just hours after I was robbed, where they would have found huge drops of blood from the robbers…


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