Wednesday August 1, 2012
Police to look at every facet of drive-by shooting case
By Diana Rose
MIRI: Miri police vowed to leave no stone unturned in their effort to solve the gangland-style killing of a 48-year-old businessman.
Richard Ma, 48, was shot twice — on the head and the neck — while driving along Jalan Permaisuri here at about 5.30pm on Monday.
According to witnesses, the victim was shot by two men on a motorcycle.
Ma is believed to have died instantly from his wounds.
Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong when contacted by The Star yesterday said: “We will do our best to solve the case.
“Police forensics team and a pathologist from Kuching will also be assisting us in the investigation.”
ACP Mun said his men were still working on leads that would help shed light on the case.
“A task force is formed to expedite investigation. We seek cooperation from members of public who have any information about the case to come forward to assist us,” he added.
The brazen killing of Ma had sent shockwaves throughout the city and became a major topic of conversation among Mirians. All newspapers were sold out by midday yesterday.
The business community, meanwhile, was left in jitters over the latest killing, which was the third mafia-style attack on businessmen in the state this year.
The first shooting case was reported in Sibu in January when Lau Leh Ing, 41, was shot dead on his way to his office.
In mid-July, Ang Soon Heng, 30, was shot in the head while having breakfast with three friends at a coffee shop in Kuching. He died a day after the attack.
The latest victim was a prominent businessman and was described to be active in various associations, including Kung Siong Association, of which he was the vice-chairman.
He is said to own several entertainment outlets, recreational centres and eateries in the city.
When contacted yesterday, Kung Siong Association president Tan Sri Jimmy Lau declined to comment except to say that he would leave the case to the police to investigate.
“Ma’s untimely demise is a loss to the association,” he added.
On the social media, condolences were also expressed on several Facebook pages dedicated to Ma, set up by the deceased’s former schoolmates of Class 1980-81 of Kolej Tuanku Haji Bujang Miri.