Monday, 18 Jan 2021
GENERAL
14/01/2021 06:54 PM

JOHOR BAHRU, Jan 14 -- The discovery of a cache of firearms in Sungai Skudai on Jan 1 by the Central Brigade of General Operations Force (GOF) is believed for disposal.

Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the firearms were believed to be the remaining weapons kept by a 47-year-old security company manager who had been detained in Kota Tinggi for possession of firearms and ammunition last August.

He said the manager, who is the son of an individual with the title 'Datuk', had been charged in the Kota Tinggi Sessions Court, last October and his case was still in trial.

According to him, investigation also found that one of the 20 suspects detained by the GOF Central Brigade, following the discovery of the firearms in Sungai Skudai was the manager of a camping equipment company and the younger brother of the main suspect.

Ayob Khan said, seven firearms were found in the river on Jan 1, of which only one was a semi auto pistol while the other six were various airsoft rifle barrels that resembled real weapons.

He also said that 6,000 live ammunition of various types, five 0.22 rounds of air rifle ammunition and airsoft firearm components were seized.

"It is believed that 20 pieces of firearms were thrown into the river and seven had been recovered. Only one was a genuine weapon while the rest were all airsoft models, meant for disposal.

"The diving operation is still being carried out by the Marine Police Force today and we found another airsoft weapon but due to the strong current, the operation is taking more time, " he told reporters in a press conference, here, today.

According to him, 20 suspects consisting of seven local men and 13 Indonesians aged 21 to 50 years old were detained and investigated under Section 201 and Section 34 of the Penal Code.

Ayob Khan explained that three of them, including the manager of the camping equipment company, had been charged in the Magistrate's Court, here, yesterday and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

According to him, the manager was also investigated under Section 36 and Section 8 (a)  of the Weapons Act 1960 following the discovery of US-made air rifles, 582 live ammunition of various types and five thunderflash rods found in his house.

He said at the same time, the issue of Johor being a place for smuggling firearms was not true as they were not smuggled firearms but airsoft weapons. 

"Airsoft is used for sports ... but there is a possibility that it is used for crime," he said, adding that an investigation into a police officer has been carried out, for posting a police report on the case on Facebook.

On Aug 30, the owner of the security company was arrested along with eight of his friends, including three foreigners aged between 27 and 59, near the Felda Linggiu Dam forest area and police seized a Glock 17 pistol, 15 9MM bullets, an Adler shotgun and 32 bullets.

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