Monday, April 09, 2007

Another Thug Brings Disgrace To Datukship Award.

The following report is from TheStar update.

Police are investigating an allegation that a prominent Sabah businessman threatened two security guard at a new shopping complex here five-days ago.

The businessman, who is a Datuk, is alleged to have threatened to shoot the two guards at the Warisan Square Shopping Complex here after the duo asked him to park his car properly.

Kota Kinabalu City deputy chief Rowell Marong said on Monday that investigations were (started) but no arrest or statements had been recorded from the suspect.

Asked if they had seized the pistol from the accused, Rowell, who is acting city police chief, said that he will be seeking the advise of his superior officer before taking the next step!! (Emphasis and exclamation mark mine.)

In the 10.30am incident on April 4, one of the shopping complex security guard Erwan Raodi and a colleague claimed that they approached the Datuk requesting him to park his Mercedez Benz properly.

However, the businessmen opened his hand pouch that purportedly contained two pistols and in a loud voice said: "which one of you fellows want me to put into your head."

He also claimed to be a police officer and could get them arrested. The businessman, a Sarawakian and long time resident in Sabah, got back into his car and left, Erwan told a press conference facilitated by his boss Nizam Lee. Erwan, who claimed that he was shaken by the whole incident, lodged a police report immediately.

***** I simply can't figure out why so many businessmen, more than half of them criminal types, are favoured candidates for datukships by most states. Is the money they 'donate' or invest to deserve a title so much or so needed that the MB/CM of the state can become blind to their background? Pointing fingers at sham vetting by the police convinces no one.

Just reading about this wealthy, well-placed and connected thug above, speaks volumes of the standards our state governments employ in selecting candidates for honours. Shameful!

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Earlier related post: Habitual Conman Honoured With Malacca Datukship!
Update 4/10/07 on further police action/inaction: Police: Datuk's pistol will be seized after verifying claims of threats.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kid you not, ever heard a Datuk (ADUN)polishing pistol before debt collectors?

9:29 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Anonymous, I believe you!

9:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thug from Sarawak? Most likely he is from Sibu. Read the following about Sarawak. The news has gone international in this Visit Malaysia year. Truly, Malaysia boleh.


Idyllic state or GANGSTER'S PARADISE?
Sarawak MP breaks silence on gangster-run town
By Arul John

April 09, 2007

SARAWAK, a slice of tourist heaven with sun-baked beaches and popular attractions.

But beneath this tranquil veneer was a reign of terror which lasted years.

Gangs in Sarawak controlled everything from illegal logging to even setting the price of basic items like eggs.

For the longest time, they seemed untouchable and appeared to be protected by powerful people who allegedly had business dealings with the gangs.

It wasn't until the arrest of the alleged leader of the infamous Hua Kee gang that people started revealing what they had to put up with.

The gang leader was arrested in February after an alleged kidnapping.

Residents claimed even the police in Sarawak were helpless because the gangs were quick to cover their tracks.

They were also ruthless. Fights, with samurai swords and parangs, were common between young tribesmen and the mainly Chinese Hua Kee members.

But one Malaysian MP decided enough was enough. Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing spoke in Malaysian parliament about the problem of gangsterism in the town.

He said secret societies were having a field day and extorting businesses.

'Citizens in Sibu feel very unsafe. They are victims of extortion... Illegal logging is also rampant,' he said.

Two weeks ago, he called for the Sarawak police commissioner to be transferred. He said the police had failed to maintain public order by letting the gangs run riot.

That prompted Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police to visit Sarawak on Wednesday to check out the claims for himself.

Among the claims - VIPs and prominent businessmen were helping or shielding the gangsters.

That's not all. The situation became so bad, Mr Wong Ho Leng, an opposition politician in Sarawak, claimed some local state officials hired gangsters to enforce the law.

'We all know this. The police need only to ask or talk to hawkers to know more,' Bernama quoted him as saying.

The capture of Hua Kee's alleged leader has crippled the gang's influence. (See report on facing page.)


But now there's fighting for territory among other smaller gangs.

There's just too much money to be made.

Gangs were mainly involved in illegal logging activities under the cover of legitimate timber companies.

'This activity nets the gangs millions of ringgit every month,' said Mr Wong.

A local journalist, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals, said gangs were allocated several legal plots of land in which to do their logging.

'But these gang members go and chop down trees from areas near the Indonesian border and bring them into the legal plots and export them from there. It is hard for the authorities to find out which are 'legal' logs and 'illegal' ones,' he said.

How bad was the situation?

Datuk Adnan Ariffin, a former top Malaysian customs officer, told The New Straits Times on Thursday that soldiers had to accompany Sarawak customs officers when they did their operations in the state.

He said customs officers in Sibu were constantly intimidated by gangsters.

A member of one of Sarawak's trade associations, who declined to be named, said cars and houses in Sibu have been burnt as a result of the gangland activity in the city.

But he added that the police were now cracking down on the gangs and the situation was likely to improve.

'Many Sarawak residents are used to the gang activities but the activities may affect people from overseas and the rest of Malaysia. They may affect visits from Singapore as many Singaporean businessmen work in Sibu,' he said.

The journalist said the Hua Kee leader's arrest in February was the best thing that had happened in Sibu for a long time.

'The people breathed a sigh of relief when he was finally caught,' he said.

Meanwhile, Sibu folk are now more willing to talk about problems caused by gangsters, said Mr Wong in his Sibu office.

'We are always on the ground every week but nobody dares to bring up any complaint to us out of this factor.

'But people should not wait for Tiong to bring it up in the Parliament. This can be too late for some of them,' he said.


Police arrest alleged gang leader after dramatic kidnap

THE leader of Sarawak's Hua Kee gang started off with petty crime until 1997.

Wong Leh Yin, alias Lee Long, allegedly became linked with the death of a rival.

Within 10 years, he allegedly became involved in everything from illegal logging to robbery and price fixing for basic items like eggs.

To outsiders, the 43-year-old Wong was a respected businessman in Sarawak and he was often seen in the company of prominent businessmen and VIPs.

Some of these men later became politicians or political players in the state, said journalists.

It has been alleged that Lee Long and his gang members then set up legitimate businesses that served as fronts for their illegal activities.

Among these were several timber companies which acted as covers for illegal logging activities in the state, said journalists.

There were suggestions that some politicians and VIPs in the state may have been shielding or financing the gang.

'Some Hua Kee members are also hired as personal bodyguards for some of these politicians and VIPs. Lee Long never goes out without being accompanied by bodyguards,' one journalist said.

'When he goes to the bank, four gang members go with him. Two accompany him into the bank while two others wait outside the bank building.'

The journalist alleged that several timber companies had complained to Malaysia's domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry about the Hua Kee gang's illegal logging activities, but officials from the ministry were often too late to catch the gang in the act.

Journalists said Lee Long's influence even covered the press.

He said Lee Long's real name had never been published in newspaper reports before, until the Borneo Post released his real name on Thursday.

He added: 'Until that report, his face had also never been published because everyone, including the press, was afraid of what would happen to them afterwards.'


After nearly a decade of involvement in robbery, illegal logging and many other crimes, Malaysian police finally arrested Lee Long in February.

On 6 Feb, he and his gang members allegedly kidnapped a businessman from his home in Sibu. The gang tortured the businessman and demanded a ransom.

The victim was released after his family paid RM100,000 ($43,000).

Lee Long was arrested four days later and detained without trial under the Malaysian Emergency Ordinance.

He is due to appear in court in June.

11:10 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tis is probably not the first time he dunnit-brandishing the piece. how many instances must it happen before the gun is withdrawn by the authorities?..till a virginia case maybe?

4:44 PM GMT+8  

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