SHOT­GUNS WENT MISS­ING IN 2015

Dis­trict Rela chief did not re­port dis­ap­pear­ance, says of­fi­cer

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EMBUN MA­JID ALOR STAR news@nst.com.my

MORE ques­tions have sur­faced as po­lice probe into the theft of 26 shot­guns is­sued to the Peo­ple’s Vol­un­teer Corps (Rela) unit in Se­lama, Perak. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have found that the weapons were first dis­cov­ered miss­ing in 2015 dur­ing the hand­ing over of duty for the Rela chief ’s post in Se­lama.

The new dis­trict Rela chief had re­fused to sign a form to ac­knowl­edge re­ceiv­ing the firearms in­ven­tory from his pre­de­ces­sor upon learn­ing that 26 of the 300 shot­guns is­sued to the unit were un­ac­counted for. How­ever, no re­port was lodged at that time.

The theft was only dis­cov­ered last month when the fed­eral po­lice’s Firearms Li­cens­ing En­force­ment unit car­ried out an au­dit at the Rela North­ern Re­gion Train­ing Cen­tre in Bukit Se­lam­bau, Sun­gai Pe­tani.

They dis­cov­ered that 26 of the shot­guns is­sued to the Se­lama dis­trict Rela unit were miss­ing.

This was re­vealed by Kedah po­lice chief Datuk Asri Yu­soff here yes­ter­day.

“Based on the au­dit re­port, po­lice have picked up the for­mer Se­lama dis­trict Rela chief, who had been trans­ferred to Pengkalan Hulu.

“The 55-year-old sus­pect ad­mit­ted to sell­ing the shot­guns at be­tween RM1,000 and RM3,000 each to Rela and Ter­ri­to­rial Army mem­bers, as well as civil­ians,” he said.

Asri said the man, who had served in Se­lama from 2009 to 2015, only sold the firearms to his close friends.

He said po­lice had re­cov­ered 13 shot­guns, a home­made air ri­fle and 300 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion with the ar­rest of 14 men, aged be­tween 29 and 56.

Six of the shot­guns were re­cov­ered in Taip­ing, two in Ke­rian and three each in Se­lama and Gerik, all in Perak.

“Eleven of the buy­ers are Rela mem­bers in Se­lama, two are civil­ians and the other one is a Ter­ri­to­rial Army mem­ber based in Sun­gai Bu­loh, Se­lan­gor. Three of them have theft and gam­bling records.”

Asri said po­lice had iden­ti­fied the buy­ers of the re­main­ing 12 shot­guns and were track­ing them down.

“We be­lieve most of them are from Perak and we urge them to sur­ren­der the weapons to the near­est po­lice sta­tion.”

Asri said the main sus­pect was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 7(2) of the Firearms Act (In­creased Penalty) 1971, which car­ries the death penalty or life im­pris­on­ment.

SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM PIC BY

Kedah po­lice chief Datuk Asri Yu­soff (fourth from right) and state Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment chief Datuk Mohd Nashir Ya (sixth from right) with the re­cov­ered weapons at the Kedah Po­lice Head­quar­ters in Alor Star yes­ter­day.

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