Shootings spark fears in Malaysia

Two men riding pillion on two motorcycles got off the vehicles and pumped 16 bullets into money changer V. Kandasamy, who was in his car in front of a mall in Kuala Lumpur, in broad daylight on July 27.
Two men riding pillion on two motorcycles got off the vehicles and pumped 16 bullets into money changer V. Kandasamy, who was in his car in front of a mall in Kuala Lumpur, in broad daylight on July 27. PHOTO: SIN CHEW DAILY PUBLICATION

PETALING JAYA • A recent string of fatal gangland-style shootings in public areas has shocked Malaysians and triggered fears over the apparent ease of gunmen obtaining firearms in the country.

Since January, there have been at least 11 such shooting cases nationwide, with eight people killed.

Last month, a gunman on a motorcycle fired five bullets into the car of a real estate agent, Datin Renyce Wong Siew Ling, 32, killing her.

Her eight-year-old daughter, who was shot twice, survived.

Police have said that they are taking the street killings seriously and are trying to secure Malaysia's porous borders to prevent firearms from being brought into the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2016, with the headline 'Shootings spark fears in Malaysia'. Print Edition | Subscribe