BINTULU: Police here showed their mettle when they managed to solve an armed assault case within 24 hours after it happened with the arrest of 11 assailants and confiscation of two illegal hand-made firearms, three bullets and a machete.
Bintulu deputy police chief DSP Mohd Said Ibrahim said in the incident, which happened at about 10pm on Saturday, a 32-year-old foreign plantation worker in Sebauh was assaulted by a group of people in his quarters at the plantation.
The victim, whose condition is said to be stable, suffered injuries on his right arm and back.
After the attack, all the assailants fled, said Mohd Said.
“However, three suspects were nabbed at the Bintulu Hospital on the same night, and after interrogation another eight men were arrested at the plantation site,” he told reporters here yesterday.
He added that the case was being investigated under Section 33 of the Firearms Act 1960, which carries seven years’ jail upon conviction, and under Section 324 of the Penal Code for intentionally causing harm.
All the suspects were workers of the plantation company and police are still investigating the motive for the assault.
It was believed that the suspects were drunk during the incident.
Mohd Said warned that illegal possession of firearms and bullets could land one in jail.
He advised members of the public who were in possession of such firearms to voluntarily surrender them to the police.
Also present at the press conference were Bintulu CID chief ASP Awang Zamain Awg Jabai and investigating officer Insp Siti Afwah.