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ARKIB : 04/08/2004

Crime watch: Aug 3

Factory owner beaten to death by his employees... In PETALING JAYA, a furniture factory owner was beaten to death by his alien workers for being late in paying their salary at Kampung Baru Subang, here Moday night.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Datuk Ghazali Md Amin said the owner of Eurotext Industries, Teh Leong Ching or Willy Ching, 47, was found dead in his factory at 11.45 pm with bruises in his left ear.

"We were alerted by members of the public and rushed to the scene. We sent Teh to Sungai Buloh Hospital where he was confirmed dead due to excessive bleeding in his head," he told reporters here Tuesday.

He said Teh was overseeing his workers loading sofa into a container before he was involved in a quarrel over late payment of salary which then led to a fight involving three Bangladeshi workers.

"After the fight, the three and 17 other workers of the factory disappeared from the hostel nearby," he said.

Ghazali said police found two sticks with traces of blood at the scene and classified the killing as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

He said police faced difficulty in getting information on the 20 workers of the factory as its management did not keep personal records or photographs of the workers which could help in the investigations.

The workers, some of whom were from Indonesia and Myanmar, had no work permits.

Initial investigations revealed that it was not the first time a quarrel on late salary payment had occurred between the workers and their employers.

Ghazali said Teh, who had two wives, had been in the business over the past five years and recruited locals to work in the management and aliens in the production.

Four men remanded in cop murder investigation... In MUAR, four men aged between 20 and 30 have been remanded for six days to facilitate investigations into the killing of a policeman, Cpl Manja Manaf, on Sunday.

CID Director Datuk Musa Hassan said police obtained the remand order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The four men were arrested in Batu Pahat and Muar Monday night and were produced to the Magistrate here this morning, he told reporters at the Muar District Police Headquarters.

Cpl Manja, 44, was killed in action with gunshot wounds in the rib at a house at Taman Maharani here at 10.30 pm on Sunday, while his colleague L/Cpl Razali Abu Bakar was shot in the left shoulder from close range by two robbers armed with pistols.

L/Cpl Razali who is receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatima Specialist Hospital here was reported to be recovering.

Musa said police would mount a large-scale manhunt to track the killers who were still at large and investigations were being carried out.

"I cannot give further statement ... when the time comes, police will make press statement relating to the incident.

"We are trying to solve this case and are confident that it will be solved with the help of the public ... but right now, I cannot give further comment as police are investigating," he said.

Earlier, Muar OCPD ACP Daud Ahmad received contributions on behalf of the injured policeman and family of the fallen cop, from Selangor Crime Prevention Foundation vice-president, M.Jayabarathi.

Massive ops against fish bombers soon... In KOTA KINABALU, a massive joint operation will be launched in Sabah soon to combat the use of explosives to catch fish, or what is known in the state as "fish bombing".

State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said the operation would be conducted by the Fisheries Department's enforcement officers in collaboration with the Federal Special Task Force for Sabah and Labuan (FSTF).

Other enforcement agencies such as the police would also assist in the operation.

Abdul Rahim said the government viewed the matter seriously as it could cause huge damage not only to fisheries resources but also to other marine life which Sabah is rich in.

"The operation is part of an ongoing effort to stamp out fish bombings in the state," he said when asked to comment on the activity in Sabah following recent incidents which showed that fish bombers are still at it.

Two weeks ago, the marine police seized 1,500 kg of bombed fish in Pulau Gaya near here, the biggest seizure this year, believed to have been caught in Bintulu waters in Sarawak, to be sold in markets around Kota Kinabalu.

Abdul Rahim said the authorities in Sabah were monitoring the situation closely.

"I am confident that the authorities in Sarawak are also taking the necessary measures to deter fish bombings," he said.

Meanwhile, State Fisheries Director Rayner Stuel Galid said both the FSTF and the department were now looking into the details for the joint operation.

He declined to say where or when the operation would start.

"We are monitoring the situation through a committee in each coastal district. These committees are specifically tasked to wipe out fish bombing in their areas," he said.

He said that as of last year, there were 25 cases of fish bombings detected in Sabah waters with a total seizure of 5,548 kg of various types of fish.

Kota Kinabalu topped the list with 5,070 kg, followed by Lahad Datu (370 kg) and Kudat (50 kg).

Eight cases were detected during the first seven months of this year with a total seizure of 1,840 kg, of which 1,835 kg were seized in Kota Kinabalu, he added.

A fish bomb is a home-made device, normally a bottle containing a mixture of ammonium nitrate, sulphur, diesel and a detonator. It is thrown into the sea after being activated where it kills quickly different types of fish in the target area.

Environmentalists blamed the device as a prime source of destruction to corals which are the breeding ground for marine life.

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