Witnesses lapse into colloquial language at murder inquest

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  • Wednesday, 09 Aug 2006

KOTA KINABALU: The ongoing inquest has heard a number of colloquial Sabahan words being used. 

Yesterday, contractor Alexander Chuan told the inquest that Conrad Junior, the son of former state minister Datuk Conrad Mojuntin, had called to inform him that his (Junior’s) brother Moses had been cincang (cut into pieces.) 

Alexander and a friend then went to Conrad’s house where he told the family that he had earlier received a call from Junior that Moses had been cincang in a brawl at the SJD Cafe pub in Donggongon town. 

“Conrad came out of the house and asked what was going on. I told him Moses kana tatak (had been slashed),” Alexander said. 

Last week, another of Conrad’s sons, Evan, told the inquest that he, Alexander and a friend, Marlindo Lawrence Aduk, had driven to SJD Cafe and in his testimony used the word cengik (choked). 

Marlindo told the inquest that he sustained a wound on the back after being pierced by a sharp metal object fired from a slingshot during the brawl. He also said SJD Cafe owner Doughty Disimon had grabbed him by the collar. 

According to Evan, Marlindo, on seeing Doughty at the cafe, shouted: Saya sudah kena tabak dan sekarang kena cengik lagi (I have already been struck and now am being choked).” 

Another common word used frequently in the testimonies is siring (along). 

Lim Fau Shiong told the inquest that he had seen some vehicles parked di siring jalan (along the road) near the Donggongon library moments before Anthony Chang Kim Fook was fatally shot.  

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