Four held over activist's robbery-cum-murder in Bukit Gasing

Social activist Ong Ai Siam

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Four teenagers have been detained by police in connection with the attempted robbery and murder of social activist Ong Ai Siam in Bukit Gasing.

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The four males, aged between 16 and 18, were arrested by the Selangor police task force at the flats of Sri Medan and Bukit Gasing Indah yesterday and have been remanded until April 29.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the task force picked up two youths, aged 16 and 18, at about 1.30am at the Sri Medan flats and two others aged 17 and 18 in the Bukit Gasing Indah flats at 3.30am.

"We believe the four suspects are involved in the attempted robbery and murder of the 52-year-old victim," he told a press conference at the state police headquarters yesterday.

DCP Tun Hisan clarified that the incident did not occur at the Bukit Gasing jogging track but at a secluded road near it.

"I assure the public that the Bukit Gasing jogging track is safe. But police will increase patrols at the track and its surrounding areas," he said.

He added that a team of policemen had patrolled the area at about 1.30pm on that day but the incident occurred some three hours later.

"Based on our record, this is the first case which happened in the area. It is an isolated incident but police will remain vigilant," he said.

DCP Tun Hisan said Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamad had already met the area's residents association to explain the matter and would meet residents at 2.30pm today.

Ong had bravely defended her teenage daughter from a knife-wielding attacker when they were strolling in Bukit Gasing here at about 4.30pm on Saturday.

She pushed her daughter away during the incident and shouted at her to run to safety when they were approached by the robbers armed with knives.

When the 17-year-old girl ran for help, Ong blocked the robbers who then stabbed her several times before escaping without taking her belongings, which were placed in two small bags.

Her daughter, who returned with help, found her mother lying in a pool of blood and holding the bags.

Ong was rushed to the University Malaya Medical Centre but was pronounced dead on arrival.

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