Police task force to probe Sarawak gangland-style murders
KUCHING, July 31 — Sarawak police have formed a special task force to investigate three murder cases which occurred in the state over the last seven months, state police commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said today.
He said the task force, which would meet here today, would try 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, also in January.
“Although the cases occurred in isolation, we can’t 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 were 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