Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Burmese hit squad targeting political rivals in KL?

 | February 12, 2014
A special squad has been set up by the police to investigate the incident.

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent attempt to murder Dr Aye Maung – a well known Burmese politician who heads the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) in Myanmar – was connected to a murder case of a Burmese political activist whose body was found stuffed in a car boot in Ampang last week, Kuala Lumpur police revealed.

Speaking to reporters, KL acting CID chief, Khairi Ahrasa said that initial investigations showed that both incidents were related to the long standoff of political turmoil in Myanmar.
He said police was undertaking all necessary action to investigate the matter.

“The body found in a car boot in Ampang was a body of a political activist. We have yet to obtain solid lead on the murder case.

“We believe that both incidents are somehow connected and its because of the political instability in Myanmar,” he said.

On the other hand, a police source said that the attempted murder on Dr Aye Maung in Bukit Bintang last weekend was due to a political dispute between him (Dr Aye ) and those who are not happy with the way Dr Aye handles political matters.

The source added that Dr Aye’s visit to Malaysia was to have a discussion among Myanmarese at the embassy. It is learnt that Dr Aye did not request for security escort.
“They were here to talk on political issues with the embassy and they did not ask for security escort,” he added.

“Apparently some quarters are not happy with Dr Aye but investigation is still ongoing.
“Five people were in the car during the incident, four have left the country and one is still here,” the source said.

CCTV footage may provide leads

It is learnt that police are currently studying the CCTV footage along Jalan Alor and Bukit Bintang in efforts to identify the two suspects who were on a motorbike.

Meanwhile, Burma Times described RNDP – which is being led by Aye Maung – as a Neo-Nazi political party that was worse than the former Junta generals.

In a report published last October, RNDP was said to have been formed by people from Rakhine fanatics, terrorists, and religious fake monks.

The report claimed that the state-sponsored Neo-Nazi gang from RNDP had allegedly triggered killing of 10 Muslim pilgrims from outskirt of Rakhine province who were traveling by bus.

The killing was said to have happened due to an alleged rape incident of a Rakhine girl.
Last Wednesday, in what was suspected to be an assassination attempt, two Myanmar political party leaders narrowly escaped death when two men on a motorcycle fired several shots at their direction in Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang.

Since then, a special squad has been established in carrying out investigations based on a number of evidence obtained from the 11.30pm incident, including footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) along the path used by Dr Aye, Arakan League for Democracy Party chairman Aye Thor Aung, together with two other Myanmar nationals.

The night before the shooting incident, a body of a foreign national was found inside a car boot with stab wounds on his neck and head in Pandan Indah.

Ampang Jaya district police chief ACP Khairuldin Saad said a passer-by who saw a parked Nissan Sunny by the roadside suspected something amiss when he spotted blood stains on the car.

Initial investigation showed that the body had been dead for more than five hours.
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