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ALOR SETAR – A police corporal was arrested for opening fire and killing a man in Kampung Guar Nenas, Gurun, yesterday.

Kedah CID chief ACP Mohd Nashir Ya said in the incident at 1 pm, the Gurun Police Station received a report of a man lying in a bloodstained shirt in a quarry area in Kampung Guar Nenas.

“It was confirmed that a man with no identity card was lying with bloodstain on his shirt and signs of gunshots. There was an overturned motorcycle beside the victim,” he told in a press conference, here today.

Mohd Nashir said the victim, who was unemployed and aged in his 30′s, was sent to the Sungai Petani Hospital and was confirmed dead with gunshot wounds on his body.

After interrogation, the police corporal aged in his 30′s admitted that he shot the victim as a warning for the victim to stop his motorcycle, he said.

The suspect said a day before the incident, he had lost his motorcycle at the Gurun Rest and Service Area (R&R) and subsequently, he met a shaman (bomoh) to find out who had stolen his motorcycle, Mohd Nashir said.

“The shaman had told the suspect that he could find the person who stole it at an old factory in Guar Nenas area.

“Then, at 11.15 am the suspect drove a car with his wife and mother-in-law and left them at the roadside while he went to search for his motorcycle at the old factory,” he said.

Moments later, the suspect’s wife called him to say there was a man riding a Honda Ex5 in a suspicious manner trying to approach them (his wife and mother-in-law), Mohd Nashir said.

According to the wife, there was a machete, a set of walkie-talkie and a pink phone in the motorcycle basket.

Mohd Nashir said the suspect, who had served more than 10 years in the police force, was worried about his family’s safety and ran back to the car where he saw the victim trying to flee.

“However, the suspect managed to grab the victim’s shirt but the victim succeeded to run towards the main road in Kg. Guar Nenas.

“When the victim tried to speed off with the motorcycle, the suspect took out a pistol and fired a shot at the victim but the victim fled the scene,” he said.

Mohd Nashir said the suspect then went back to his office and handed over his pistol, the same pistol that shot the victim.

However, Mohd Nashir said the victim had nothing to do with the lost motorcycle, the suspect would be remanded beginning today, the police had detained him at 7 pm in Sungai Petani yesterday.

The case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, Mohd Nashir said. – BERNAMA

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ALOR SETAR – The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) want the government to view their application to improve their scheme of service including that involving the allowance of personnel working in the interior areas.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim today expressed his confidence the delivery system of PDRM to society would improve if the application for a review of its terms of services was agreed to by the government.

“Among the most important matters involved the review of allowances for policemen serving in the interior with no electricity and water supplies and other facilities,” he told a media conference after opening a conference of internal associations in PDRM here, today.

He said policemen who served in the interior only received an allowance equivalent to 10 per cent of their salary, compared to other public servants who received hardship allowance at a flat rate of RM1,500.

Noor Rashid asked the government to also extend to the policemen the flat rate of RM1,500. – BERNAMA

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ALOR SETAR – Police arrested five men believed to be involved in distributing drugs in the district during a raid on an unnumbered house in Kampung Gunung Sali here yesterday.

Kota Setar police chief ACP Adzaman Mohd Jan said during the 1.30 pm raid, police also seized 27 small packets of heroin, weighing a total of 157.5gm and worth RM7,000, from the suspects, aged between 22 and 44 years.

Also found in the house were measuring scale and small plastic bags meant for drug packaging purposes, he told reporters at the Kota Setar police headquarters here today.

He said the suspects were believed to have obtained the drug from Penang and would repack the drug in smaller packets or straw tubes to be sold to drug addicts here at a price of between RM30 and RM45 each.

Adzaman said all the five suspects’ urine were also tested positive of drug and three of them even had previous criminal records related to drugs.

The case is being investigated under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries mandatory death penalty. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have arrested two tertiary students for having allegedly uploaded on social media posters of a provocative nature protesting against the court system, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

The students, one from Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and the other from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) were held yesterday, he said in a post on his official Twitter account.

“@PDRMsia yesterday arrested two students, (from) Unisel and USM, for having uploaded these (posters). They will be held under remand,” he had tweeted. – BERNAMA

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ALOR SETAR – The police in Kedah arrested seven men including an Indonesian two days ago, seizing two semi-automatic Glock pistols and 40 bullets.

State Police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya said a suspect who was wanted in Selangor for several house break-ins was also arrested during the raid at a motel at 12.10am.

“Three of the men arrested had previous criminal records,” he said during a press conference at the Kedah Police Headquarters, here today.

All the seven suspects he said, were aged between 26 and 55, and were remanded for seven days beginning Feb 14.

According to Zamri, the raid also saw the seizure of two cars which were reported missing in Negeri Sembilan and Melaka, along with face masks, clothes bags, personal documents, knives, hammers and several pawn shop receipts.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, which carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years and six strokes of the cane if convicted.

For the possession of ammunition he added, the case was being investigated under Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960, which carries a jail term of seven years or a fine of RM10,000 or both. – BERNAMA

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KUCHING – Some 750 members of the police force have been mobilised in ‘Op Selamat’ in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration in the state together with personnel from other enforcement agencies.

Sarawak Crime Prevention and Community Security chief, SAC Burhannuddin Abd Majid said during Op Selamat, police would monitor safety on roads and rivers, as well as monitor the houses of owners who returned home for the festival.

He advised house owners who intended to leave their houses for days, to inform the nearest police station to enable surveillance by police.

He also advised motorists to obey traffic rules and to ensure their vehicles are in good condition and not to drive under the influence of alcohol or when feeling tired.

“Boat operators should ensure passengers are provided with safety jackets and not to overload their boats,” he told reporters when launching Op Selamat in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, here, today. – BERNAMA

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ALOR SETAR – The police seized five firearms and hundreds of bullets from a sailboat owned by a South African national at a jetty in Pulau Langkawi last Thursday.

State police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya said among other things seized from the boat were three telescopic sights and silencers as well as three ammunition magazines of various sizes to be used with the firearms.

“The sailboat was left at the Rebak Marina jetty since last August by its owner. Upon inspection with the Immigration Department we also found out that the South African national had already left Malaysia,” he told reporters at the Kedah Police Headquarters here today.

He said all the high powered firearms, ammunition and equipment were hidden in a bedroom at the rear of the ship.

When asked if the items seized had any links to militant activities, Zamri said police were still investigating the motive.

In two separate incidents in September last year, the Kedah police had seized 23 firearms and thousands of bullets from foreign ships docked in Langkawi.

According to Zamri, the police were investigating if the latest seizure had anything to do with the two previous cases which also involved South African nationals.

“We view this thing seriously because we found rifles in Langkawi that were undeclared by the related parties,” he said, adding that the findings of telescopic sights along with the equipment was also a cause for concern.

Foreign firearm owners who use them to escort their ships should apply for a permit from the police before the authorities decided if they could be allowed to carry and use them, he said.

But in this case, it was a clear offence as the owners did not have permits for the weapons, Zamri said.

The case was being investigated under the Arms Act 1960, he said.

According to Zamri, the Kedah and Bukit Aman police would contact the South African Embassy to trace the suspect who owned the sailing boat as well as to check on his background for any prior police records.

He said this was the first time the South African man, in his 40s, had entered Langkawi and the police were still investigating where the suspect had come from prior to visiting the island and his onward destination.

The Kedah Police chief said all foreign boat or ship owners had to report to the Marine Department before dealing with jetty owners to place their boats there.

They also need to declare the items on their boats or ships to Customs officials.

Owners should also retrieve their boats and ships three months after placing them at the jetty, he said. – BERNAMA

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KOTA BAHRU – The Kelantan Police have stepped up efforts to hunt down a suspect known as Nuar Ayam, who is believed to be involved in an armed robbery at a hardware shop in Bachok on Thursday.

State police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the operation to trace the 37-year-old man had extended all the way to the state’s border with Thailand.

“We have tightened the border areas and have held operations to hunt him (Nuar Ayam). I have informed all the officers in every district because there is possibility he may run to another state but we will not let him escape.

“The police are hunting him and as of now, we have positive development in this case, just give us some time,” he told reporters after a passing out parade at Pengkalan Chepa here, today.

He said his department was also in the midst of identifying two other suspects who were involved in the case, believed to be in their mid-30s.

In the 5.45pm incident on Thursday, a businessman was killed while his daughter was injured when they were shot in an armed robbery involving three masked men at the shop.

Victim Mustafa Sidek, 52, sustained gunshot wounds on his abdomen and right leg and died on the way to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian here, at 7.40pm the same day.

The victim’s daughter, Ainul Wahida, 18, sustained a gunshot wound on her right leg and was sent to the same hospital for treatment and is now reported to be in stable condition.

The victim’s wife, Norhaizan Mat Zin, 45, and employee Mohd Azrien Mohd Nasir, 27, who had been handcuffed by the criminals, were however unharmed. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – Police will be calling up former Member of Parliament for Padang Serai N Gobalakrishnan to assist investigations over his claims about police officers through his Twitter account yesterday.

The probe comes in the wake of a tweet by Gobalakrishnan through his Twitter account ‘Ngobalakrishan’ at 5.29am yesterday which read:”Some Penang Indian police officers are strongly backing the 04 gang which deals with drugs.”

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar through his Twitter account today described the statement as a serious accusation against the police force and that they would conduct an investigation on the matter.

“This is a serious accusation against @PDRMsia Pg. We will investigate. @Ngobalakrishnan will be called in to help investigations,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Gobalakrishnan, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed that the Twitter account ‘Ngobalakrishnan’ belonged to him but refused to comment further on the matter.

“It is true that I had tweeted the statement and I may be called up,” he said.

The 04 gang is one of 46 triad groups which are active and dangerous in the country. It is involved in drug smuggling and responsible for several serious crimes using firearms and sharp weapons in Kedah, Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur (KL).

The 04 gang is also known as Tiram Sasi (in Johor), Sungai Way Sugu (KL), Green Lime Samy (Penang), Prai Bala (Penang), Langkap Sasi (Perak), Selvam (Batu Gajah), Ragu (Ayer Tawar), and Sudha (Sitiawan). – Bernama

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MORELIA, Mexico – At least five suspected members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel were killed in a shootout with police officers in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, state officials said.

The shootout occurred in a remote mountainous area near Tumbiscatio, a city that is one of the cartel’s main bastions.

Rural Force officers conducting an operation targeting cartel boss Servando Gomez Martinez, who is believed to be hiding in the mountains of Michoacan, engaged the gunmen in the shootout.

Federal Police officers were sent to the area to provide the Rural Force officers with support.

The Rural Force is made up mainly of members of the vigilante groups formed in 2013 to fight drug traffickers in Michoacan. – BERNAMA-NNN-EFE