Monday, August 5, 2013

Kelantan man mowed down in hail of bullets

Police taking the body of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi to hospital. He was killed by a gunman in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on July 29, 2013. A man in Kelantan was killed in a hail of gunfire earlier today, bringing to nine the number of gun-related incidents in as many days nationwide.

The almost-daily gun violence gripping the country continued today after a man was peppered with gunshots at a stall in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan early this morning.

Two assailants arrived on a motorcycle before firing a total of 10 shots up-close at unemployed Amirul Tajo Nasir, 40, in the pre-dawn attack and hitting him at least thrice, according to a report on The Star's website today.

Amirul later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian in the afternoon.

The attack brings the count of gun-related incidents to nine in as many days, including the high-profile assassination of Arab Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi last Monday.

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According to Kelantan deputy police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim, the two attackers approached Amirul as he prepared to pay for his order at the stall, before unleashing the deadly barrage.

The attack also claimed 25-year-old Nor Hadiyana Zakaria, the stall owner's daughter, as a casualty after she was hit in her right leg by a wayward shot.

Police later said the killing may be linked to drug-related activities.

This morning, The Malay Mail Online reported crime watchdog MyWatch co-founder S. Gobi Krishnan as alleging that drug gangs were renting out firearms for as little as RM300 for three hours and supplying bullets at just 80 sen each.

Shootings and gun murders exploded into the nation’s consciousness last Monday when Hussain was assassinated in broad daylight by a gunman in Kuala Lumpur, just days after MyWatch co-founder R. Sri Sanjeevan survived an attempted hit in Negri Sembilan on July 27.

The police and Home Ministry have blamed the rash of shootings and violent crimes on the release of detainees once held without trial under the now-repealed Emergency Ordinance, and are angling for the return of such powers.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also vowed to provide the police “anything” it needs to fight serious crime, including extra powers under a new law that is expected to be tabled in Parliament in September.

On Thursday, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) announced the government’s decision to introduce new interim measures that allow law enforcers to tap into public communications, as well as to snap electronic tracking bracelets on criminal suspects to arrest the rising crime rate.

Opposition lawmakers, however, have criticised Putrajaya’s plan to intercept communications for intelligence gathering, calling the move “overkill”.

They further contend that Malaysia did not need new laws to combat the growing menace, but only for the police to devote more than just 9 per cent of the force it currently does to crime fighting

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