20 Alleged Gangsters Overturn Casket At The Wake Of Man Who Was Shot Dead In Public
Police confirmed that the deceased, who was in his 30s, had several criminal records.
The police are currently hunting down 20 men, who are believed to be members of a secret society, after they wreaked havoc at a wake at a funeral home in Johor
Johor state police chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the deceased was shot dead at Taman Melodies, Johor Bahru, on Monday, 20 March, reported Bernama.
"An investigation is underway to find out the motive of the killing. The next day, March 21, during the wake of the deceased, a group of 20 individuals came and caused a ruckus at the funeral home," he said.
According to a video posted by Johor Circle, the deceased's casket was overturned and many chairs and tables at the scene were damaged.
Joss papers, which are normally kept neatly in a bag at a funeral home, were found scattered on the floor. The 20 men also allegedly felled big flower stands placed outside the premises.
It is understood that the deceased, named Ke Jin Hao (transliteration), was suspected to be involved in a gangster group
China Press reported that Ke was said to be one of the suspects in a 2017 murder case that took place at a petrol station in Taman Pelangi.
In the case, victim Tan Aik Chai was stabbed several times by four men before being run over twice by a white BMW vehicle. At least six people were arrested at the time, with more still at large.
However, in September 2020, three men who were charged in the case were acquitted and discharged by the Johor Bahru High Court.
Judicial Commissioner Shahnaz Sulaiman explained that closed-circuit camera (CCTV) footage at the petrol station was too blurry and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples were not compatible with blood found at the location, reported Free Malaysia Today.
When Kamarul Zaman was asked whether Ke's murder on Monday was linked to Tan's murder in 2017, he said the police are currently investigating the claim.
"We cannot confirm it yet. But if he really is (the suspect), we would have already charged him," The Star reported him as saying.
The Johor state police chief described the case as shocking because "Johor has not seen something like this for a very long time"
He said the case will be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
As for the attack at the wake, the case will be investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting.
He confirmed that the deceased, who was in his 30s, had several criminal records.