KOTA BARU — Kelantan police and the Customs Department have set up a special team to track down tontos (lookout touts) who had a hand in the death of a senior Customs officer in Pasir Mas on Friday.
Kelantan police chief Datuk Dr Ab Rahman Ismail said police believed there were three to five suspects in the case and they were Malaysians.
“They do not include the suspect in his 30s whom we had identified earlier and is now believed to be in hiding in a neighbouring country,” he told Bernama.
Customs officer Anisah Ali, 54, died on Saturday night after she fell into a coma the previous day when the four-wheel drive vehicle she was in crashed in Kampung Banggol Chica.
She was in the vehicle with two male colleagues and were pursuing a van laden with contraband cigarettes when the tontos in another four-wheel-drive vehicle rammed into them, causing their vehicle to skid and hit a tree.
Police have classified the case as murder.
Ab Rahman also said the police would get in touch with their counterparts in Thailand to track down the suspects.
The Kelantan Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has suggested that firm action be taken by all enforcement agencies along the Kelantan-Thai border to totally eradicate smuggling activities.
Its chairman, Datuk Abd Aziz Nawi, said the enforcement activities should include tightening control at several entry points on the border into Kelantan.
“The issue of security cannot be compromised, what more when an enforcement officer is killed. Smuggling activities must be tackled firmly to deter the smugglers,” he said.
Abd Aziz said serious attention must be focused on the entry routes along Sungai Golok which formed the Kelantan-Thailand border through the cooperation of the border enforcement agencies other than boosting ties with the Thai authorities.
He said action should also be taken against those who sheltered or were in cahoot with smugglers.
The Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) in Kelantan also suggested that the communities in the state proactively channelled information on smuggling activities to the authorities.