Hexacopter duo: We are not spies

Hexacopter duo: We are not spies

KUALA LUMPUR - The two men, who allegedly spied on the home of MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong using a hexacopter, claimed that they were only testing the machine and not spying.

One of them, a 39-year-old bridal shop photographer claimed that he was testing the machine after sending it for repairs. The second suspect, a 47-year-old man, had earlier repaired it.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh said police were able to identify the suspects after the photographer circulated his name card in Bukit Tiara, Cheras, in search of the crashed hexacopter.

"The photographer, who admitted to owning the hexacopter, claimed that he only wanted to test the device in the area after it had malfunctioned days earlier.

"Our investigations have yielded no evidence to indicate any motive that they were spying on Dr Wee or his neighbours," ACP Mohan told a press conference yesterday.

The two men surrendered to the police at about 3.30pm on Monday after discovering the police were looking for them from media reports. They have since been released on bail after having their statements recorded.

ACP Mohan said police found footage taken from the hexacopter-mounted camera to be that of the housing area.

"Both men have denied that they are members of a political party.

"However, we have forwarded the investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action," he said.

Dr Wee, when contacted, said the excuses given by the two men were ridiculous and urged police to investigate the matter further.

"Why would a photographer from Kluang come all the way to Cheras to take aerial photographs of my housing area and test the machine?" he said, adding that the footage in the camera showed it to be zooming in on only one or two houses.

He urged the authorities to push for more stringent rules and regulations on the use of such devices.

It was reported that the remote-controlled hexacopter, which had been allegedly spying on his bungalow in Bukit Tiara, Cheras on Aug 8, had fallen on the roof of the balcony of Dr Wee's neighbour after hitting the lightning arrester.

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