TANGKAK: Riots at the Bukit Gambir Drug Rehabilitation Centre here was believed caused by newly arrived inmates who cannot withstand the disciplined routine.
Ledang MP Hamim Samuri said he also believed someone among the inmates had instigated the others into causing the riots which damaged three buildings, eight cars and three motorcycles.
He said the police and the rehabilitation centre management should carry out detailed probe why the inmates decided to riot and burn the administrative building, a visitors house and a storehouse.
“I visited the centre and talked with some of the management staff and found that someone among the 377 inmates of the centre had instigated them.
“The new inmates, who arrived in February, were said to cannot withstand the strict discipline imposed by the centre,” he said after visiting the centre recently.
Hamim also commended the police for their quick action which prevented the inmates from fleeing the centre during the riots last Thursday.
He said police had rounded-up some 16 inmates who escaped from the centre and are hunting for five more.
The centre, he added, which housed some 377 inmates was not overcrowded, but some new inmates were not happy being sent to there.
In relation to the matter, Ledang crime chief ASP Azmi Mohd Ali said the rioters could be charged under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting and under Section 436 for arson.
“Both offences carry 20 years jail penalty,” he added.
SOURCE: THE STAR, JUNE 30, 2011