Johor police round up men playing soldiers
A GROUP of men playing a mock-battle game with fake M16 and AK47 guns at an oil palm estate in Johor ended up being rounded up in a real police raid, The Star reported yesterday.
A 22-year-old Singaporean is among those arrested.
Segamat police officer-in-charge Mohd Kamil Sukarmi said the 18 men, all of whom were dressed in camouflage attire, were arrested for possessing fake guns illegally.
The police raided Chee Leong oil palm plantation in Jementah on Sunday at about 2.15pm. "We rushed to the plantation after being alerted by a member of the public who heard gunshots from the plantation," said Mr Mohd Kamil.
"When we raided the place, the group were playing shooting games with 14 fake guns operated by battery and gas."
It is against the law to possess fake guns that look similar to real firearms.
"Police also seized 20 plastic magazines," Mr Mohd Kamil said, adding that the fake bullets could cause serious injuries if fired at close range.
Four of the 18 men were allowed bail as they were only watching the game. The rest, aged between 22 and 40, had been put under remand.
The men are members of the Johor Baru AirSoft Association, which was set up a few months ago. Investigations revealed that the association's application with the Registrar of Societies had yet to be approved, the New Straits Times reported.
Mr Mohd Kamil said the men claimed that they bought the weapons from a website that imports the items from China.