19th September, 2012
Hamza, flanked by Rowell (left) and Fadzil (right) speaking to reporters yesterday
SANDAKAN: Gun permit holders in Sabah have been told to abide by the law when using their firearms.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said they are compelled to do so as required by the Firearms Act 1960.
Speaking to reporters after having a dialogue with gun owners at the district police headquarters here yesterday, he said there were some gun owners who felt they were at liberty “to do anything with their firearms”.
“There is no such thing…they have to follow strictly the conditions stipulated in the permit. And, they will always be reminded to do so whenever they renew their permits,” he said.
According to Hamza there had been instances of gun misuse in Sabah resulting in the revocation of several gun permits.
He also said he had stressed on the need to comply with the law and safe use of firearms during the dialogue with gun owners.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner said Sabah’s crime index dropped by 11.48 per cent during the first eight months of this year.
“This means we have achieved the KPI two years in a row,” he said.
Hamza also said they would continue to improve policing work so as to further enhance the existing rapport with the people.
The police chief is scheduled to also visit Kinabatangan and Beluran district police headquarters this week.
Also present yesterday were Sandakan police chief ACP Rowell Marong and his deputy Supt Fadzil Mohd Ali.