Friday, April 22, 2011

Towards Lesser Crime In JB (4)


Businessman Abducted During Lunch

JOHOR BARU: Three masked gunmen abducted a businessman while he was having lunch at a coffeeshop in Jalan Beladau in Taman Puteri Wangsa here yesterday.
The three entered the shop and fired at least one shot into the air before bundling the victim into a waiting car at about 1.45pm.
Sources said three of the victim’s friends tried to help him but they were stopped by one gunman who told them to sit down.
It is learnt that the victim, in his 40s, owned several businesses including entertainment outlets.
At press time, no motive has been established for the abduction or whether the victim’s family had received ransom demands.

Source: The Star - Friday, April 22. 2011


Abducted Woman Assaulted And Traumatised
by Steven Chen

Yuen Mei Kien, 49, a mother of three was robbed, beaten, abducted and was held captive for 2 days before being released yesterday morning.
The incident happened at 6am when she was parking her family car near a fast food outlet in Taman Bukit Indah.
She was waiting to take a lift from her friend to go to work in Singapore where she works as an administrator in a private company.
Relating the incident, she said as she was alighting from her parked car, two men suddenly rushed forward and snatched her car keys and pushed her into the back seat of her car.
Yuen said, the abductors covered her face then strangled her neck, launched a series on punches on her face, tied her up and pushed her into the back seat of the car.
“The more I resist, the more I got assaulted and I have to obey what the abductors say just to protect my own safety” she added.
The abductors then forced her to reveal her ATM card pin numbers and when she refused to do so, she was punch on the face till the whole face was all swollen up especially on her eyes.
She finally relented to reveal her ATM card pin numbers to the abductors and some RM10,000 was withdrawn from her ATM account during the 2 days when she was held captive by the two abductors in a dark room of an unknown vicinity.
She added that, she was also kept in the back seat of the car for ten hours.
During the two days ordeal, she was not given any food or drink. In between sob, she said, the treatment she received was worse than that of a prisoner.
The abductors intended to throw her into a drain as initially planned but on seeing her being so weak, they decided to abandon her by the road side yesterday morning at around 2.30pm at Jalan 1/3 in Taman Bukit Indah.
Yuen was traumatised with the whole incident and appealed to the public to look out for her family car, a Toyota Vios model bearing registration JMA 8713, which was driven away by the abductors.
Meanwhile, Nusajaya OCPD, Abdul Aziz Ahmad confirmed receiving the report and said that the victim also lost RM500 and $1,000 Singapore dollars and a hand-phone besides the car and the RM10,000 taken from her ATM account.
The case will be investigated under Section 392/397 of the penal code for robbery and Section 363 for kidnapping.
He said the police will be recording a statement from the victim and will try to resolve the case as soon as possible.

Source: KomunitiKini - March 21, 2011


Cops Looking For M’sian Duo Over RM20mil Kidnap Case 

Wanted men: Sam and Liew (below)
JOHOR BARU: Police are looking for two men over the recent kidnapping of a Singaporean family in which S$9mil (RM20.7mil) in ransom was allegedly paid.
The millionaire’s wife, daughter and maid were abducted in Permas Jaya here last month.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Shariff said they were on the hunt for Sam Meng Yeow @ Ah Sam and Liew Chee Wei @ William.
Both are Malaysians aged 31.
“We have formed a special task force to investigate the kidnapping and will be working closely with other authorities, including the Singapore police, to nab the culprits,” he told reporters at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar declined to comment on how many suspects there were in the kidnapping, saying it could jeopardise their investigations.
It was reported on Saturday that the businessman’s family and maid were on their way home when their vehicle was forced off the road by the kidnappers.
Their abductors then took over the wheel and drove them to an undisclosed location.
The three were released unharmed several days after the ransom was paid.
The amount is said to be one of the highest ransoms paid in the country in recent years.

Source: The Star - Thursday, March 3, 2011


Singapore Trader Pays RM21m To Ransom Family

Reports say that this may be the largest ransom payment in Malaysia in recent years and despite government claims that crime in Malaysia has dropped by 16 per cent, this latest episode will mar public confidence in crime prevention.
Police sources said that the kidnappers sent a picture via MMS of the three victims being held at gunpoint before demanding a whopping SGD50 million (RM115 million) in ransom.
They also warned the man not to alert the police but after negotiations, the kidnappers agreed to SGD9 million in large denominations of Singaporean currency.
The businessman, who is involved in real estate and gaming, was reported to have driven to a plantation in Kulaijaya to drop off the money.
Sources said that the victims were only released two days after the ransom was paid and were blindfolded and gagged during the ordeal.
However, they were eventually returned unharmed around Danga Bay.
A police taskforce has launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, who are believed to have been involved in similar cases around the country.
Interpol has also been roped in to help with the investigations as police believe that the suspects could have fled the country.
The government has been working hard to reduce crime in hot spots like Johor.
Over 14,000 police officers were mobilised last year to 50 areas in Johor, Penang and the Klang Valley along with the installation of 496 CCTV cameras.
The government claims that crime fell by 16 per cent last year but high profile cases like these continue to weigh heavily in the minds of the public and authorities concede that many people are still not convinced that crime has been reduced.
From January till November 2010, crime has dropped to 157,000 recorded cases from the 180,000 during the corresponding period last year.

Source: The Malaysian Insider - February 27, 2011


Four Boys Arrested For Abducting And Beating A Teenager

JOHOR BARU: Four form five students have been detained in connection with the abduction and beating of another student who wanted to quit a gang last Friday.
Johor Police Chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the four boys who were supposed to sit for their SPM exams this year were detained to facilitate investigations over the abduction and beating of Lim Bing Li, 17.
“We arrested the boys during several raids at Taman Molek, Taman Setia Indah and Stulang Laut,” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters on Tuesday.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar said police have also identified the gang involved in the case and would be making more arrests soon.
“Students should not get involved in gangs,” he said adding that the police here would not tolerate gang related crimes and would use all available laws to catch those involved in the activity.
It was reported that Bing Li had been confronted by about 30 men outside his school at Foon Yew High School in Stulang Laut before he was abducted and brought to a secluded area near Senibong.
There he was met by the gang leader who assaulted him with a fishing rod and wooden sticks for leaving the gang.
In an unrelated case, DCP Mohd Mokhtar said police raided 194 spa outlets and massage parlours here and detained 75 people for various offences including, immigration offences and prostitution.

Source: The Star - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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