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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cult members believed behind Ahmad Rafli’s assassination

KUALA LUMPUR: The man calls himself “Tuhan 2013” and leads a sect called Tuhan Harun (Harun the god) and has been arrested by the Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) for deviant activities, and also on cheating charges.

Harun Mat Saad

Now, the followers of 47-year-old Harun Mat Saad are believed to be behind the assassination of Jaip head of enforcement Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek at his own doorstep.

Police have linked the killing to the cult and have urged 31 of the followers to surrender.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar urged them to turn themselves in as soon as possible.

“I advise them to surrender rather than have us go after them. We want to question them over the murder,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Hundreds of Muslims who attend the funeral of Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek at the Muslim cemetery in Jalan Bukit Uni, Kuantan, yesterday.
Paying last respects: Family members and friends praying for Ahmad Rafli during his burial at the Jalan Bukit Ubi Muslim cemetery in Kuantan.

Ahmad Rafli, 49, was shot dead at his house in Indera Mahkota 2 in Kuantan after a man wearing a kopiah (skullcap) and dressed in black called out to him.

When he opened the door and went to the gate, a similarly-dressed man got out of the car and fired three shots at him.

Two shots hit Ahmad Rafli in the chest, killing him on the spot, while the third missed and hit a pipe.

Khalid said police were investigating if the murder was connected to Ahmad Rafli’s role as enforcement chief of the religious department, including his investigations into activities of the Syiah sect and the Tuhan Harun cult.

Time of grief: Brothers Muhammad Amin Ahmad, 15, (left) and Muhammad Abrar, 19, assisting their emotionally-drained mother Rosmahwani Abdul Wahab during the burial of their father Ahmad Rafli at the Muslim cemetery in Jalan Bukit Ubi in Kuantan. -NIK NAIZI HUSIN / The Star

“We are not ruling out any possibility. We are roping in all departments, including Bukit Aman’s Counter-Terrorism Department in the probe. We have formed a task force to track down those responsible,” he said.

At another event in Penang, Khalid said there was no evidence that Syiah followers were involved in the shooting, reinforcing the theory that police believe the Tuhan Harun sect was behind the shooting.

“We are aware of Syiah activities in some schools and we are worried that followers could become extremists and eventually militants,” he said.

Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm of Police Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani, meanwhile, said police had not ruled out revenge over his enforcement work as motive for the murder.

He said police would guard the victim’s house to ensure the family members’ security.

Ahmad Rafli, who leaves behind wife Rosmahwani Abdul Wahab, 41, and five children, was laid to rest at 10.50am yesterday at the Jalan Bukit Ubi Muslim cemetery.

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Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , jaip assasination , igp


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