IGP: Cop who shot armed man in Klang acted in self-defence


JOHOR BARU: A policeman acted in self-defence when he shot a man who went berserk and tried to attack another policeman outside a bank in Bukit Tinggi, Klang.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic) said the policeman who opened fire acted in self-defence or he or his colleague would have been injured or killed.

“Others might not be happy with the action taken by my man but this is among the risks that policemen have to face in their duties,’’ he told reporters at the launch of the Southern Region Police Band at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters here.

A video of the shooting went viral on April 2, where the suspect was shot after chasing one of the policemen and attempted to stab him with a knife.

It was reported the suspect lost his temper at the bank in Klang when he failed to withdraw cash from his account from an automated teller machine there at around 12.30pm.

The 41-year-old suspect is currently receiving treatment at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang and is reported to be in stable condition.

Initial investigations showed that he has a criminal record for four drugs-related offences.

“He is in remand for seven days under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder,” said South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli when contacted by Bernama.

Separately, Mohamad Fuzi said it was wrong for certain parties to label Johor as the major drug distribution hub in the country after po­­lice seized 2,060kg of drugs believed to be syabu worth RM103.2mil last month.

The drugs packed as Chinese tea were seized in three raids in Taman Desa Cemerlang and Taman Pelangi Indah in Ulu Tiram and was the biggest drug haul in the country’s police history.

On another matter, Mohamad Fuzi said there was no instruction from the government to turn away foreign motorists with outstanding traffic offences from entering Malaysia.

“We will only do that if there is a directive from Putrajaya,’’ he said.

Mohamad Fuzi was asked to comment on the latest ruling by Singapore which barred foreign traffic offenders from entering the republic from April 1, if they failed to settle their outstanding summonses.