Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Robbers’ reign of terror has residents riled up - Star

IPOH: Aug 27, 2008 By CHAN LI LEEN

Residents of Pasir Pinji and Pasir Puteh here are living in fear of a group of robbers that has been terrorising them over the past two weeks.

The group, believed to comprise four youths, not only rob them of their money but show their victims no mercy by thrashing them with helmets and metal chains.

Perak executive council member Thomas Su Kiong Seong said the attacks had created so much fear in residents that they are afraid to venture out into the streets.

Over the past two weeks, five people had been attacked in Pasir Pinji and Pasir Puteh.

“The attacks had taken place near the vicinity of markets in both areas, either in the wee hours of the morning or at around midnight,” the Pasir Pinji assemblyman told reporters here on Wednesday.

All the victims were either traders at the markets or working nearby, he added.

The robbers, who have been described as “tall, burly young men on two motorcycles,” are believed to have first preyed on Fong Lee Kian, 47, on Aug 6 as the restaurant worker was returning home from supper at about 11pm.

“They caught hold of me and started bashing my head with helmets and metal chains.

“Then they took my wallet with my identity card and RM140 inside, and fled,” said Fong, who received over 10 stitches on his head.

On Aug 19, the robbers struck again, this time at old newspaper collector Foong Chew Kheong and his hawker friend Loo Hing Meh.

The two 62-year-olds were chatting outside a house at the Pasir Pinji new village at about 3.20am before starting work at the nearby market when they were attacked.

Foong managed to get away and sustained minor facial and body injuries, but Loo received 30 stitches on his head.

Later that day at about 4am, vegetable seller Mah Yook Lin, 53, is believed to have been attacked by the same robbers near the Pasir Puteh market and suffered a broken leg, as well as head and body injuries.

“The fifth victim is still being warded at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun for head injuries and broken ear bones,” said assemblyman Su.

At 4am on Tuesday, noodle deliveryman Foo Kwee Fong, 37, was working at Jalan Pasir Puteh when he was attacked.

Calling on police to step up security in both areas, Su said: “We ask the police to act fast and nab the perpetrators. This is getting out of hand.”

Su, who will meet Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias to discuss the matter, said there was a need for more policemen to be assigned to the two areas.

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