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Keep Politics Out of Role Played By Police

Keep Politics Out of Role Played By Police
Telecom fraud suspects from Fiji arrive in Changchun, China after being deported.
August 10
11:22 2017

Instead of applauding the Fiji Police Force for the role they have played in apprehending 77 Chinese nationals for their alleged cybercrimes, we have had people questioning why the Police were quiet about it.

It is mindless to expect the Police to give a running commentary about covert operations. This is not how covert operations work. This is not how the Police are expected to do their job.

And, questions were being asked about supposed media silence on the matter.

It would have been highly irresponsible for any media to publish anything regarding the operation which could have jeopardised investigations. This is not our role either.

Also, to use this case to question our border security is merely politicising the issue. Our border is safe.

If we had failed to apprehend the culprits, then questions about the capabilities of our security forces need to be raised.

But this was clearly not the case here.

The intelligence on this issue was so precise that people were being taken into custody as they attempted to enter Fiji.

This operation took over a month.

To take 77 people into custody is a huge feat and neither the Fiji Police Force nor their Chinese counterparts could afford to do a half-baked job on it.

They needed to be thorough because all of these 77 Chinese nationals will stand for trial in China.

So leave politics out of it and let our Police Force do their job.

On that note, it is sad to see comments on social media painting the entire Chinese community with the same brush. Which community does not have criminals? Which community does not have black sheep?

We need to get off our high horses and stop blaming the entire Chinese community for the actions of a few.

There are many, many Chinese nationals who come to Fiji for their holidays.

They come to Fiji to spend their money. They do not have bad motives.

Lest we forget, there are now laws against hate speech in this country.

Maybe it is time for people to be prosecuted to understand how serious this is.

JYOTI PRATIBHA

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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