MALACCA: It could have been a case of an unfulfilled ambition that led to a life of crime instead.
The man arrested with a large cache of firearms had wanted to be a naval or military officer. It is learnt that he had applied to join the armed forces several years ago but was rejected.
But he had always wanted to be a navy commander and, even at the age of 25, was toting arms, albeit fakes.
In 2012, he was convicted for illegally trespassing into Terendak Camp in Masjid Tanah here. At that time, he had wanted to impress a friend that he was a Navy commander and could access any army camp with his fake authority card.
He and the friend managed to enter the camp, which housed the 10th Paratrooper Brigade. But they were stopped before they got to the firing range some 600m from the entrance.
Fake pistols, rifles, machine guns, smoke bombs, military communications gear and other equipment were found in the boot of their car.
Fake security passes from the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Department were also found.
When police raided the man’s home in Kuala Lumpur then, they found that the salesman had in his possession various military uniforms and a cache of weapons.
He had, in fact, told his wife and in-laws that he was a high-ranking naval officer.
The man’s 34-year-old wife and in-laws only learnt the truth about him after the 2012 arrest.