MIRI: The drive-by fatal shooting of a businessman in a crowded eatery in the heart of a busy commercial centre in Bintulu town is causing fear among residents in this gas capital of Sarawak.
Kidurong State Assemblyman Chiew Ching Sing yesterday said the shooting incident that happened on Saturday night had resulted in many people worried and fearful about the rise in violent crimes in Bintulu in recent times.
Chiew, who is also DAP Bintulu chairman, said the public shooting showed that law and order was getting out of control.
“Bintulu and other urban centres in Sarawak had been hit by a surge in crimes in recent years. There had been increase in robberies, thefts, breakins and now we have a businessman shot dead in a very public and crowded place,” he said.
“These incidents, in particular the public shooting, have left great negative impact on the people. They have expressed their concerns to me personally and also on social media.”
Chiew said the police and the relevant government authorities needed to do more to curb the rise in crimes not only in Bintulu but also in the other urban centres in Sarawak.
“The police in the state keep saying that crime rates had gone down. However, the realities on the ground reflect a totally different picture.
“Crimes are getting more intense and complicated and people are worried,” he added.
Chiew was commenting on the murder of a middle-aged businessman on Saturday night. He was gunned down while having a meal near a prominent hotel.
Chiew said the shooting had happened in a very crowded place and the attacker had somehow managed to escape.
“Until today, the police have not issued any statement to the public on the incident.
“The only information I got from them is that they are investigating the case.
“To me that is not good enough. It does not calm or remove the fear felt by the public,” he stressed.
Chiew said there were rumours that the incident was due to business rivalries while other rumours had it that it was a case of gangsterism.
“It was said that the businessman was shot dead with a shotgun. A passerby was also injured by stray pellets from the shooting.
“So far there had been no arrest. The police must issue a public statement to tell the people what they had uncovered so far in their investigation,” he said adding that keeping quiet would only heighten the public’s worries.
The victim died from multiple injuries to his face and head.