ALOR SETAR: Robbery was the motive in Wednesday's attack on a bodyguard of Kedah Regency Council chairman Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah in Phuket.
Sultan of Kedah chief private secretary Datuk Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah, in a statement to Bernama, clarified that the attack had nothing to do with any threat on Tunku Annuar.
"Preliminary investigation by the Thai police revealed that the incident had something to do with passport thefts because the black market price for an illegal passport is high," said Syed Unan, who is also the secretary of the Kedah Regency Council.
On the night of the incident, Mohd Sobri Said, the special assistant to Tunku Annuar, returned to his room at the Millennium Resort Lake Side Hotel, Phatong and found four robbers in his room.
The Thai robbers assaulted Mohd Sobri to the extent that he suffered cuts and bound him.
They seized his Malaysian passport, mobile phone and wallet, but did not take other items, said Syed Unan.
The media reported that Thai police have detained two Malaysian men in their 40's to assist in the investigation into the case. Also detained were their wives and a Thai national. - Bernama.
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