PROPERTY owners should file legal suit against the police for damaging their condominium units during their raids.
“Even if you had followed standard operating procedure (SOP), trespass and causing damage to property belonging to innocent parties will not give you immunity,” former Malaysian Bar president K Ragunath told FocusM.
Recently, 17 unit owners of Trigon Residence Setiawalk in Puchong lodged police reports after a raid on their premises left their doors and grills damaged.
The police raided the condominium following tip-off saying the notorious “Nicky Gang”, led by fugititive Datuk Seri Nicky Liow, were running their syndicate using 48 condominium units there.
One of the owners, known only as Wendy, claimed that the damage at her premise is worth about RM30,000.
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay defended his team, saying the raid, dubbed Ops Pelican 3.0, were conducted according to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) SOP.
On Ayob’s defence, Ragunath said that it was best if the police just admit fault and seek to address the situation amicably.
“It would have been a better approach to admit short comings, if any, and offer to pay damages,” he opined. – April 18, 2021.
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