Malaysia

Putrajaya to probe murder of Mr Clean of Customs, son convinced he was targeted by syndicate

BY LEE SHI-IAN
August 24, 2013
Latest Update: August 24, 2013 05:47 pm

Putrajaya will carry out a thorough probe into allegations that the murder of the “Mr Clean” of Customs in April was planned and related to a luxury car smuggling case in Langkawi.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said police are investigating claims that Customs deputy director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim was targeted.

“A probe will be carried out on the claims,” he told media after attending a forum on rising crime held in Bandar Sunway.

He said this in reaction to a The Malaysian Insider report that Shaharuddin's son, Mohd Akhtar Shaharuddin, was convinced his father's murder was connected to a luxury car smuggling syndicate operating in Langkawi.

"I'm certain of this, even if the police deny these claims. My father had told me about his disappointment that some Customs officers were on the syndicate's payroll."

Mohd Akhtar, a 30-year-old architect, said his father had filed a complaint over the issue and received a transfer letter almost immediately. However, the transfer was later withdrawn.

"The Customs Union intervened and managed to get my father's transfer cancelled. This occurred about a month before my father was murdered in Putrajaya," Mohd Akhtar said.

He also expressed disappointment that nobody had been charged with his father's murde, although it happened more than four months ago.

Mohd Akhtar criticised the police for keeping mum on the investigation's progress, revealing that he was the one who was chasing them to get updates.

"My father has contributed so much to the country. Don't his deeds at least merit some attention from the police?" he said, adding that the police had given him the runaround.

Shaharuddin served in the Customs Department for over 30 years and was nicknamed “Mr Clean”. He was due to retire in a year's time when he was murdered.

He was on the way to his office in Putrajaya when he was shot several times by a pillion rider on a motorcycle. It shocked the nation.

His murder is one of 22 deaths and several attempted murders, all shooting cases, in the last few months. - August 24, 2013.

Previously...

Customs officer’s murder related to car-smuggling in Langkawi, says son