Sunday January 13, 2013
Villagers living in fear of escapees in their area
TASEK GELUGOR: Villagers in Kampung Tun Sardon here are shaken up following news about the fugitives who escaped from police custody.
They are now living in fear that the dangerous escapees might be hiding in an oil palm plantation near their village.
Retiree Ramli Ahmad, 74, said he is afraid for himself and his family.
“They are fierce and violent, and could harm us if we bump into them,” he said yesterday.
His 35-year-old son Zamzuri Ramli, who is a businessman, said he had ordered his five children to stop playing outside the house.
“I told them about the escapees and the danger of playing outdoors,” he added.
Another villager Siti Aminah Yusof, 70, said she is more cautious because she is living alone.
“I would look outside from my window to see who was walking past my house,” she said.
Rubber tapper Hashim Ibrahim, 59, who lives in Kampung Lubuk Batu, which is just a stone’s throw away from the plantation, said he hoped the fugitives would be re-captured soon.
“This area is a peaceful village. It is my first time seeing so many policemen in this place looking for the fugitives,” he said.
Seven detainees had escaped in a police van at the Butterworth Outer Ring Road after throwing curry powder at their escorts on Monday.
Two suspects, Mohd Fairus Adam, 31, and Mohd Noor Ahmad Mustafa, 28, were killed during a shootout three days later at Kampung Padang Ibu in Penanti after a short car chase.
Police nab two fugitives