GEORGE TOWN: Police who went to check two men fighting at a hotel here, ended up arresting a jobless man and seizing a pistol, seven bullets and a magazine casing in his hotel room.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said that police found the pistol, a CZ 85 Caliber 9 Luger, Luger 9mm bullets and the magazine casing under the bed after a thorough search.
ACP Gan said the police went to the hotel after receiving a call from the public that two men were fighting in the hotel lobby at 12.25am.
“We decided to go to the suspect’s room after finding that there was no fighting in the lobby,” he told a press conference at the district headquarters on Patani Road.
The 40-year-old suspect who was from Petaling Jaya, came to Penang three days ago.
“We are still investigating why he came here and whether he is involved in any firearms distribution syndicate.
“He has two previous criminal records which are causing grievous hurt to others,” he said.
The man has been remanded until Oct 9.
In a separate case, 16 guest relations officers (GROs) and six transvestites said to be involved in vice activities were detained by the police following an operation in the inner city here.
ACP Gan said the transvestites were picked up on the roadside while the GROs were rounded up at two nightspots during Ops Noda Khas.
“We also brought back two men said to be the nightspots’ caretakers. All of them have since been remanded pending investigations.
“The four-hour raid, which started at 11am on Sunday, involved more than 20 police personnel,” he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, police are looking for two men to help in investigations into several burglary cases reported in Batu Ferringhi and Sungai Nibong over the past three months.
They are Cheng Ban Seng, 27, whose last known address is Blok 1-2-21, Lintang Minden 2, Taman Utama, Gelugor, Penang, and Ng Boon Soon, 38, whose address is 142, Jalan Kacang Pandamaran, Klang. Those have seen them or know their whereabouts are urged to call the Patani Road police station (04-2181872), or any police station.