THERE has been another murder in Sibu.
This time it’s a shooting in the town centre at peak hour. Yup you read that right.
Businessman Lau Leh Hing was reportedly shot with a lone bullet that somehow splintered into multiple pellets in the back as he entered a shop selling safety equipment!
He apparently died on the way to a medical centre.
The report online sounds like the script of a television show or movie, yet this happened in Sibu. Scary stuff.
Police in the town must be working on overdrive after the quadruple murders just over a week ago.
What a start to the New Year!
The Borneo Post’s dramatic report:
Daring gun attack on businessman
by Raymond Tan
SIBU: Car pulls up outside shop, one shot fired, man collapses and dies on way to specialist medical centre.
All it took was a matter of seconds.
A sliver-coloured car with three men inside pulled up at Brooke Drive at 10.15 am yesterday, one of them took out a gun and shot dead a businessman who was entering a shop selling safety equipment.
Lau Leh Hing, 42, collapsed in front of the shop and died on the way to a specialist medical centre.
Although only one shot was fired, Leh Hing had multiple wounds. Police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said: “The lone bullet splintered into many pellets and they hit Lau.”
The daring gun attack comes just a week after this town was hit by another dastardly strike, this time on an innocent family.
On Jan 3, a teenager intruded into the house of businessman Ling Tong Hock to steal a computer USB cable.
He ended up killing Ling, his mother and two of his three children.
The other child was badly injured in the gruesome incident, and is currently being treated at the Sarawak General Hospital.
Police Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said a CSI team from Kuching was heading this way to help solve the murder.
He said this was the same team which cracked the RTM Road murder.
The quadruple murder was solved within three days.
“Police are now determining whether Lau was involved in underground activities, and as the probe proceeds, we are confident it will shed some light in due time,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
He called on the public not to speculate, saying rumours would not help solve the case. He said they should instead help the police if they had information about the crime or had seen the murder.
“Police believe that when a shot was fired, Lau immediately collapsed.
“Eye witnesses said three men had come in a silver-coloured car, a shot was fired from inside the vehicle, and the car sped off. It occurred so fast.”
He said there were no CCTV sets nearby, but his men would scrutinise the town’s CCTV network to help nail the culprits.
“This might take some time, but we are committed. We have already set up three road blocks at strategic points after the murder.”
Acryl said Lau was walking into the shop with his friend to buy a safety box before the murder.
He confirmed the killer did not get out of the car.
He said police would not state the number of shot wounds on Lau, adding this would be for the pathologist to confirm in the post mortem.
The Bernama report:
Businessman shot dead
SIBU: A businessman was shot dead by an unidentified assailant about 10.30am today in front of a shop selling safe deposit boxes and other related items at Bako Road here.
Sarawak police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah identified the victim as Law Leh Hing, 42.
Speaking at a media conference, he said police received a call from the public about the incident at about 11.30am.
He said from their initial investigations, the deceased had gone to the shop with a friend.
“He was about to enter it when a silver-coloured Proton Saga car with three men in it came by.
One of them took out what we believe is a shot gun and fired at him,” he said.
He said Law collapsed at the entrance door and was then rushed to the Rejang Medical Centre where he died 10 minutes after arrival.
Acryl said police were still trying to establish the motive of the killing, which comes barely a week after four in a businessman’s family, including two of his young children, were brutally killed at their house in RTM Road here.
“We are also trying to find out about the suspect’s alleged involvment in underground activities.
“We have several leads which we are still studying. We are engaging our forensic team, the same one that investigated the RTM Road murders,” he said.
He added that in May last year, someone fired shots at Law’s house but police had yet to identify those responsible.
He, meanwhile, urged those with any information on today’s case to contact the police and also not to speculate on the motive of the killing. — BERNAMA