Kevin Morais murder: Call to increase security for DPPs
The AGC has been urged to provide a better security support for its officers on the ground for their safety.
Threats against deputy public prosecutors, or any crime-fighting officer for that matter, are part and parcel of the profession.
On a daily basis, these individuals deal directly with people who offend the law. And on a daily basis, these individuals put their lives at risk, just by going to work.
This was evident in the case of Anthony Kevin Morais, the Appellate and Trial Division deputy chief of the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) whose body was found dumped in a drum barrel in Subang Jaya this morning.
According to Morais' former colleague, those working with the AGC led a very risky life.
"When a DPP prosecutes in court, his or her identity will be made known to the accused and their accomplices. This condition exposes the DPPs to danger.
"When DPPs are firm in courts, not everybody will regard it as a professional decision. They think it's personal," the individual, who wished anonymity, told Astro AWANI today.
The person said the threats are worse on women DPPs as they can be continuously harassed.
But the district DPPs who work outside the Klang Valley have it the worst.
"Unlike the DPPs working in the city, the district DPPs are on their own and left to fend for themselves. There is no support system," the individual said.
As for Morais, the person described the deceased as "friendly and had very high integrity."
"He didn't tolerate nonsense, was hardworking and very knowledgeable.
"He had worked with the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) for so long, he knew the law like the back of his hand.
"He was a fighter in court and will leave no stone unturned until justice is served," the person said.
The individual said Morais was reserved, kept only a group of close friends outside the office and never discussed his personal life at the workplace.
"He was also always immaculately dressed," the person recalled.
The individual hoped that the AGC will look into providing better security support for its officers on the ground to ensure not only their safety, but their work as well.
Morais's body was found following the arrest of five men, almost two weeks after he was reported missing.
Initially categorised as a missing person, police later discovered that Morais was abducted before he was murdered.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director, Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said Morais' murder could be related to a corruption case in Shah Alam courts involving a military medical corps doctor.
Morais was the prosecutor in the court case that took place some two weeks ago.
Morais was last seen leaving his condominium unit at Menara Duta, Kuala Lumpur on Sept 4, heading for his office in Putrajaya.