A precious life lost

THE investigating officer of the snatch theft incident in Penang that left the victim dead has vowed to do everything in his power to apprehend the perpetrator.

ASP Wong Yeut Oon, who was at the mortuary where the autopsy of Tan Kim Chuan, 60, was conducted yesterday, said he was overwhelmed with sadness over the incident.

He broke down upon seeing Tan’s body being wheeled out of the mortuary. He was there to hand over the deceased’s perso- nal belongings to her family .

“I just feel so sad that an inno-cent life was lost just like that. Most of the cases I come across are murders in which there are motives but this is different.

“I will do my very best to apprehend the perpetrator,” he said.

When met at the scene of the crime, Rifle Range Com­munity Development and Security Com­mittee member Lee Chun Eng, 52, said security measures would be stepped up after this incident.

“I usually make my rounds early in the morning at about the time Tan was robbed.

“However, on that particular day, I missed my rounds as it was raining and being asthmatic, I stayed in.

“We will discuss how to im- prove security in the area,” he said.

Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong’s special assistant Enson Neoh said security needed to be tighter between 5.30am and 7.30am.

Rifle Range resident S. Supramaniam @ Bala, 51, said there had been many incidents of snatch thefts and motorcycle thefts in the area.

“On an average, at least two motorcycles are stolen monthly.

“I’ve been living here for 11 years and I fear for my safety,” he said.

Kebun Bunga Barisan Nasional coordinator Quah Kooi Heong urged the police to increase patrols in the area “especially near the market”.

“The snatch thieves are probably targeting those carrying cash to the market.

“Now that the Hari Raya festive season is coming soon and the economy is slowing down, people are desperate,” he said.

He said fighting crime was everybody’s responsibility and this was not the time to point fingers.

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