Malaysian police hunt for suspected contract killers of bank founder
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian police said on Tuesday that they were hunting suspected contract killers after a bank founder was gunned down in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur, fuelling fears of rampant violent crime in the South-east Asian country.
Police insisted that the streets were safe after Bahrain-born Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, was shot and killed on Monday as he walked to his car in the Malaysian capital.
His Malaysian wife was also shot and wounded in the attack, one of several shootings around the country that were splashed across newspapers on Tuesday.
Public concern has mounted in Malaysia over proliferating reports of brazen killings, armed robberies, and other crimes that have further tarnished the much-criticised police force, and led to accusations that the government was covering up the extent of the country's crime problem.