SIBU: The implementation of Second Hand Dealer’s Act 1946 will not be effective in curbing metal thefts if no regular checks were carried out on second-hand goods dealers.
Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said now that the Act is fully implemented, the onus is on the police and related agencies to enforce it.
He said this in response to the media report that Second-Hand Dealer’s Act 1946 is now fully enforced in the state.
Kuching district police chief ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai was reported to have said the Act would help curb metal thefts.
“I am happy to hear that the Second Hand Dealer’s Act is finally fully enforced in Sarawak.
“However, whether this Act could successfully curb metal theft would be dependent on full enforcement by the police and related agencies.
“Regular checks on second-hand goods dealers need be done and any parties found flouting the law must be charged in court for it to be effective,” Abdul Karim told The Borneo Post yesterday.