A Bank Officer's FB Threat Against Sarawak Veterinary Personnel Has Landed Him In Jail
Earlier today, 7 January, a 34-year-old bank officer was arrested from his house at BDC Stampin in Kuching for allegedly posting a threat against the Sarawak Veterinary Services Department
The bank officer had allegedly incited followers of a Facebook page to set up roadblocks and release the captured strays, according to Sarawak CID chief Datuk Dev Kumar, who added that the suspect also suggested using extreme measures.
"His mobile phone was seized and he is currently being detained for further investigation, Dev Kumar said in a statement to the Borneo Post Online.
The Veterinary Department had lodged a police report over comments on a Facebook page, which aims to save stray dogs
The threats were allegedly made against public officials rounding up stray dogs in anti-rabies operations in Sarawak, reported Channel NewsAsia.
The Veterinary Department had announced a "mass stray removal" operation after 28 areas in Sarawak were declared rabies outbreak zones.
The announcement, which said that stray and free-roaming dogs will be caught and put down within 48 hours if unclaimed, had reportedly angered animal lovers.
Authorities are now working to locate another Facebook user who suggested killing personnel involved in the operation
"A Facebook account holder suggested to kill personnel involved in the operation to catch stray dogs while another suggested to set up a roadblock to release captured strays and to use extreme measures to prevent the operation," Channel NewsAsia quoted Dev Kumar as saying.
The Facebook user who suggested killing Veterinary Personnel has been identified.
The State CID chief warned those who may be inclined to prevent the veterinary services personnel from carrying out their duties
"The police are not amused by the threats issued against public servants entrusted to do their job in accordance with the law.
"Any attempt to use force, cause harm or prevent public servants from carrying out their duties was an offence under the law," Dev Kumar added.