Jul 31, 2013

    KL safe despite shooting, say police

    MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed full support for police in their fight against crime, as a spate of shootings fuelled fears of rampant crime in the country.

    "We will provide the police (with the necessary tools) to fight organised crime and serious crime in the country," he told Bernama, adding that measures proposed should be within reason and affordable.

    The Malaysian police said yesterday that they were hunting suspected contract killers after a businessman was gunned down in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur.

    The police insisted that the streets were safe after Arab Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, was shot and killed as he walked to his car.

    His wife was also shot and wounded in the attack, one of several shootings around the country that were splashed across newspapers yesterday.

    Public concern has mounted in Malaysia over proliferating reports of brazen killings and armed robberies.

    Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohmad Salleh insisted that the police could maintain public safety.

    The Malaysian media has reported a number of other unrelated killings. The head of crime and police watchdog MyWatch, Mr R. Sri Sanjeevan, was in serious condition in hospital after being shot by unknown assailants last Saturday.

    Media reports have speculated that he was targeted because he planned to expose police links with drug syndicates.