Market site to be made safer


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 25 Jul 2004

BY VINCENT TAN

MALACCA: On advice from the police, the state authorities are looking into ways to make the spot where Siah Chin Hin was robbed and killed early Friday morning safer for others. 

Siah: From one of the oldest fish wholesaling families in Malacca

The open parking lot of the Batu Berendam wholesale market, where the fish dealer was attacked, is poorly lit and surrounded by bushes. 

State police chief Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Christopher Wan, who visited the site yesterday, said it was easy for assailants to make a getaway. 

“The streetlights are not working, the area is not fenced off, and there are no patrolling security guards, which makes it very easy for criminals to enter and rob someone,” he said. 

Siah, 48, was attacked and robbed at 2.20am on Friday morning by unknown assailants at the site. He then staggered some 70m back to his brother’s shop in the market and collapsed.  

He died of his injuries on the way to hospital and police have classified the case as murder. 

On developments in Siah’s murder, SAC Wan said investigations were still ongoing and police were hoping that some eyewitnesses would come forward. 

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Sidin Abdul Karim, who was at the scene on Friday, said he did not believe that revenge or some ulterior motive was behind Siah’s murder, 

“He had a clean record,” said ACP Sidin. 

Siah was from one of the oldest fish wholesaling families in Malacca – his father had started the business, and Siah and his elder brother, Chin Seng, 62, had carried it on. 

POLICE ADVICE: SAC Wan discussing safety enhancements for the market area with the wholesalers in Malacca yesterday.

“It’s very hard to have lost him in such a manner, and very hard for me to take. 

“Every day, I used to see him when we open our business,” said Chin Seng, who was very distressed. 

State Human Resources, Health and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Seah Kwi Tong, also state assemblyman for the area, was with SAC Wan at the crime scene yesterday. 

He said the police chief’s observations on fencing up the area would be looked into and serious thought would be given to enhancing the market’s security. 

“Also, we’re going to repair and fix the streetlights as well as bring in new ones to brighten up the area,” he said. 

The wholesale market operators, he said, had also considered SAC Wan’s advice and were thinking about hiring private security guards with their own funds.  

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