Gangland-style murders in Sarawak

MIRI: A businessman was shot dead at a busy traffic junction near Mega Hotel here on Monday.
The victim, in his late 40s, was in his four-wheel drive when he was gunned down by assailants who were on a motorcycle at about 6pm.

He was believed to be driving along Jalan Permaisuri heading into the city centre during the incident.
It is learnt that the victim, a local Miri man, was involved in various businesses, including entertainment and finance.

Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong confirmed the shooting but declined to give more details. “We are investigating. We are now at the scene,” he said.

The incident is one of several shootings in the state in recent months.

On Jan 11, a 41-year-old pub owner was shot at point-blank while entering an office equipment supplier’s shop in Brooke Drive in Sibu.

In the mafia-style shooting in broad daylight, Lau Leh Ing was shot 10 times on his back. Lau died on the way to a private specialist centre.

Lau’s killing came hardly a week after the gruesome murder of a businessman, his two children and his mother.

Special force to probe gangland-style murders

KUCHING: Sarawak police have formed a special task force to investigate the  link on three murder cases which occurred in the state over the last seven  months, the state police commissioner, Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said here,  today.

He said the task force, which would meet here today, would try to piece up  all evidence to determine whether the cases, where all the victims were shot in  a gangland style attack, were related.

Speaking to reporters after attending the State-level Warriors’ Day  gathering here, he said the latest case involved a 48-year-old businessman who  was shot twice at point blank while he was inside his car in Miri yesterday.

The first of such cases occurred in January this year when a 41-year-old  businessman, Lau Leh Ing, was gunned down while walking to his office in Sibu  while the second case involved a 30-year-old man, Ang Soon

Heng, who was shot in the head while having breakfast at a shop in Kuching  last January.

“Although the cases occurred in isolation, we could not rule out the  possibility of a connection… judging by the backgrounds of the victims and how  the murders were done,” he said.
Acryl Sani said the investigation would  also be expanded to cover both the victims’ personal and business  involvements.

“We are calling for witnesses, not only just those who are at the scenes but  beyond the perimeters who might have heard or have information that could lead  us to identify the perpetrators to come forward to assist us,” he said.

On the public concern over the overall safety in the state, he said there  should not be any reason to be panicky as the criminals involved in the murders  were seemingly having specific targets and were not attacking at random.

“This is not like in the United States (Colorado random shooting case),  where the suspect shoots without any specific target or specific attention.  Here, they (the criminals) are more specific, they are not targetting the  public,” he added.   — BERNAMA

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