Trader beaten over lack of funds

Mr Mohamad Satar Sher Mohamad (inset) was beaten again when he told the robbers that he did not have other outlets.

SUBANG JAYA, Malaysia - Three armed men dragged a money changer into their car and beat him up when he could not offer them more than RM30,000 from his shop in Jalan SS15/5A here.

Police said Mohamad Satar Sher Mohamad, whose age was not given, had opened for business for only about five minutes when he heard a loud noise at the front door at around 8.40am yesterday.

Three masked men armed with parang and a crowbar barged into the shop and demanded money.

Fearing for his life, the victim took RM30,000 (S$11,600) from his safe and gave it to the unwelcome visitors.

"The suspects were unhappy with the amount and dragged the victim out and bundled him into a gold-coloured Proton Waja," Subang Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Tan Ah Chu said when contacted.

"They asked the money changer if he owned other outlets and when he said he did not, they beat him," said Supt Tan, adding that the suspects unmasked themselves and drove their victim up to the Subang Parade shopping mall and questioned him again.

"When Mohamad Satar continued to deny owning other shops, they dumped him at a bus stop by the road and sped off," Supt Tan said.

He said CCTV footage from two cameras at the money changer's shop showed a well-built man and two smaller-sized men.

"The victim gave us a description of the three suspects," he said, adding that they spoke in Tamil.

Supt Tan said Mohamad Satar also claimed to have overheard the suspects saying they were heading towards the Hicom area.

The money changer suffered bruises and did not seek hospital treatment.

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