4 Indonesian workers shot dead in Malaysia

4 Indonesian workers shot dead in Malaysia
Lost: Nur Hidayah (left) and Eka (right) display copies of passports of their husbands Hery Setiawan and Iknoriansyah, two Indonesian migrant workers who were shot by Malaysian Police in Selangor, Malaysia over the weekend. They were among two of four migrant workers shot by Malaysian Police on allegations they were involved in theft.

The Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) has condemned the recent fatal shooting of four Indonesians by Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur.

BNP2TKI head Mohammad Jumhur Hidayat said members of the Malaysian police had committed "barbaric actions" on Friday by shooting four men, identified as Wahyudi, 28, Hery Setiawan, 33, Iknoriansyah, 25, and Hapat bin Angang 40, who were accused of robbery in an affluent residential area of Kuala Lumpur.

"It seems the Malaysian police only consist of cowards and trigger-happy [officers]. They did not need to kill in order to subdue them. They [the deceased] are not terrorists," Jumhur said on Sunday.

According to Malaysian newspaper The Star, the four men were killed in a shoot-out with the police in an apartment on Jl. Ampang Putra, Kuala Lumpur, on Friday.

The police believed the four were members of the notorious Gang Ah Fatt gang that has been targeting the residences of state officials and prominent figures since 2008.

Kuala Lumpur Police chief Sr. Deputy Comr. Datuk Mohmad Salleh said when his officers stormed the apartment, one of the suspects opened fire in the direction of the officers.

"My men had to return fire and all four robbers were killed in the fire fight," he said on Friday, as quoted by The Star.

The police recovered a pistol and several stolen items from the scene.

Jumhur, however, said the four Indonesians were not registered as migrant workers.

Meanwhile in Batam, the families of the victims' claimed the deceased were not criminals.

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