Ball bearings found near where a blast damaged Datuk Seri's car: Cops

KUALA LUMPUR - There was no trace of an explosive material at the scene where a blast damaged the car of a Datuk Seri.

Only ball bearings and pieces of a mobile phone were found by the police, according to Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh.

But the explosion was severe enough to damage the rear exhaust, back bumper and undercarriage of the car.

Some ball bearings even ripped through the boot of the Jaguar.

The police have classified the case under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

"There was no bomb as reported by some media.

"Forensics personnel only retrieved broken pieces of a cellphone and ball bearings from the scene," ACP Mohan said at his office yesterday adding that the car was returned to the Datuk Seri after it was examined.

The Datuk Seri and his driver were passing Taman Taynton View in Cheras on Monday night when there was a blast under the car. Both men escaped unhurt.

Reportedly a wealthy businessman, the Datuk Seri owns several restaurants and nightclubs in the city.

He is said to be a former detainee under the now repealed Emergency Ordinance and had been held at the Simpang Renggam prison in 2005 for 17 months.

There is also talk that he may have been involved in underworld activities which could have led to the attack on him.

"We are still in the midst of our investigations and it is too early to speculate on the motive behind the incident," ACP Mohan said.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the police hotline at 02-2115-9999 or the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the businessman said he had no clue about the motive behind the incident.

"I have no idea why this happened and I do not know who was behind it," he said over the telephone.

Asked if underworld rivalry could be the motive of the attack, he said he did not know adding that he was now involved in the real estate industry.