Hunt for ex-minister’s kin

Armed and dangerous: Jalaluddin showing Mat Malaya’s photo during the press conference.

KOTA KINABALU - A brother of a former federal minister is high on the police wanted list for shooting a man over the most trivial of reasons - the victim had asked him why he was staring.

The 43-year-old suspect, known as Mat Malaya, was described as "armed and dangerous" after he fired three shots, one of which hit the mechanic's right calf.

Mat Malaya, who is from Selangor, was once charged with drug trafficking in 2007.

He has been on the run since the shooting incident at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said Mat Malaya was armed and would not hesitate to shoot anyone.

"Anyone who sees this man or knows of his whereabouts has been advised to immediately inform the police and not act on their own," he said at a press conference here yesterday.

On the shooting incident, Jalaluddin said the mechanic went to an air-conditioner repair workshop and noticed Mat Malaya staring at him.

Uncomfortable, the mechanic approached Mat Malaya and asked him if there was a problem.

"A scuffle broke out and Mat Malaya whipped out a pistol and started firing at the man," he said.

Three shots were fired, but only one hit the man.

The suspect fled the scene while people at the workshop took the victim to the hospital.

Police recovered a packet containing drugs, believed to be syabu, a weighing scale and a holster.

In an unrelated case, Jalaluddin said city police smashed a house-breaking and car theft group called Geng Ah Vui with the arrest of 11 Filipinos, including a woman.

The suspects were aged between 21 and 43.

Among the items recovered were five vehicles, two motorcycles and laptops that were reported stolen in five theft cases.