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Tuesday October 22, 2013 MYT 7:30:51 AM
TEMERLOH: The home of an anti-drug activist was hit by at least four gunshots in the wee hours at Taman Rimba in Mentakab, about 15km from here.
There were no casualties, but the police believe the shots were a warning to smallholder Sim Hock Loong, 43, to back off from his anti-drug activities.
Three of the shots shattered the glass panels of the main wooden door of the single-storey house and hit the wall of the living room. Another bullet hit a wall in the porch.
Police found several spent shells at the scene after rushing to the house on being alerted about the 2.30am incident yesterday.
Forensic policemen spent more than four hours at the house to investigate the incident.
Sim, the secretary of the Temerloh Prevention of Drugs Abuse Club, was asleep with his family during the incident.
It is learnt that his wife was awakened by loud blasts in their living room and quickly woke Sim up to investigate.
Aside the couple, the others in the house were their two children and Sim’s father. No one was injured.
OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh said the police did not rule out the possibility that it was a warning to the family in connection with Sim’s involvement in anti-drug activities.
“The shots indicated the gunman or gunmen came with a motive in mind. We are investigating if the case is linked any involvement in anti-drug activities by the occupants of the house.
“There had been two other incidents of warning shots fired by unknown gunmen this year,” he said, declining to give details.
Meanwhile, club chairman Datuk Chuah Boon Seong, a former Mentakab assemblyman, said he had been informed of the incident.
“I am shocked and appalled at the way criminals are targeting civilians,” he said, urging the police to act urgently to stop such brazen acts to scare people with firearms.
In Kota Kinabalu, a masked gunman fired two shots during a robbery at a goldsmith’s shop in Lahad Datu.
He fired the first shot at a wall in the shop as a warning while two of his accomplices, also masked and armed with parang, scooped the loot from the jewellery trays.
He fired the second shot as the three of them made their getaway with RM40,000 worth of gold and jewellery in the 10am heist yesterday.
The owner and two workers were at the shop when the three intruders came.
Lahad Datu district police chief Supt Samsuddin Mat said the suspects escaped in a waiting vehicle.
“We believe they have headed towards Silam in Tawau,” he said.
He added that the victim had told police the robbers spoke in Malay and sounded like local men. No one was injured.
Supt Samsuddin said the case is being investigated under Section 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and armed robbery.
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