KLUANG: A female police traffic officer died after she was hit by a Mat Rempit during a roadblock at KM58 along Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing here.
Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Rusli Ahmad said on Sunday that the incident happened at around 2.40am on Sunday when the officer, Insp Margaret Tagum Goen, aged 32, was manning the roadblock together with 20 other traffic officers and personnel.
"A group from Mersing, on their way to town, tried to pass through the roadblock by speeding when one of them hit Insp Margaret.
"The impact caused the victim together with the suspect to fall where she suffered a broken left hand and internal injuries," he said.
SDCP Rusli said Margaret, who had been stationed at the Kluang IPD traffic unit for the last five years, was immediately sent to the Hospital Enche' Besar Hajjah Khalsom here where she died due to her injuries at around 12.45pm.
"Police detained the suspect, who is a school dropout, together with six of his friends, between the ages of 17 and 20. Their motorcycles were seized as well.
"Initial checks found the group wanted to race along the road and we found none of them have any valid driving licenses," he said.
Rusli also said the victim's body has been claimed by her husband Leon Bahak, 37, to be buried at her village at Bau in Sarawak.
The couple had been married for six years. They have no children.