BINTULU: Bintulu police have denied that kidnappings and stealing of human organs was taking place in the district, as spread on Facebook and WhatApps today.
Bintulu police chief Supt Zailanni Amit said police detained a foreign citizen believed to suffering from mental disorder, after the man intruded into a long house early today.
However, he said it had nothing to do with kidnappings and stealing of human organs.
“The suspect who is in his 40s, was initially detained by the public when he attempted to trespass (into the longhouse), and handed him over to the Tatau police station,” he told Bernama.
Zailanni said further investigations revealed that the suspect was mentally challenged, and did not have any identification documents when he was caught by the public.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 447 of the Penal Code for trespassing and Section 61 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for entering the country without a valid pass or permit.
“The suspect has been remanded for 14 days, and at the same time, we have not received any report pertaining to the kidnappings which are allegedly occurring in Bintulu, proving the news and images that have gone viral are not
true,” he said.
He advised the public not to panic when reading or hearing of news spread through social media without official confirmation from the police or any regulatory body.
The news which which went viral claimed that an incident occurred at Rumah Joshua Manit, Sungai Setiam Jalan Bintulu-Tatau between 2am and 4am, whereby a suspect attempted to stage a kidnapping and steal human organs.
The suspect was caught by members of the public, with his picture widely circulated on social media where he was branded as a ‘penyamun’ – a local term which refers to a headhunter.
The suspect was also alleged to be linked with a host of abductions and sale of organs belonging to children as well as adults.- BERNAMA