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8 held over homemade firearms
Published on: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
By: Sherell Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU: Various types of homemade firearms as well as ammunitions, including the 5.56mm ammo commonly used for M-16 rifles, were seized during a two-day operation in Ranau since Aug 6. 

State Deputy Police Commissioner, Datuk Zaini Jass, noted that the usual excuse of owning homemade firearms was for either self-protection or to protect ones’ farm. Police, however, are not taking any chances when it comes to safety and security, especially where firearms are concerned.

The raid was led by the State Criminal Investigation Division’s D9 Special Investigation Division in collaboration with the State Special Branch and teams from the Ranau Police Department. 

The operation also led to the arrest of eight men, aged between 29 and 83. 

All the men were picked up in villages in and around Ranau except for one, a 38-year-old soldier who was apprehended at the Lokawi Army Camp’s guard house. 

The raided villages in Ranau are, Kg Kinaratuan, Kg Tanah Merah, Kg Kapatahan, Bundu Tuhan, Kg Debut and Kg Lohan Ulu. 

Among items seized during the arrests are eight bakakuk, a Remington Speed Master Model 552, nine air rifles, a barrel gun, a revolver, a pistol, a Glock pistol, ammunitions, several firearm making components and gadgets, among others. 

“A 41-year-old, who was among the first to be arrested, confessed to being in the ‘profession’ of making homemade firearms for the past 25 years,” Zaini told a media conference at the State police headquarters in Kepayan, here, Tuesday. Initial findings also showed that the man picked up the talent of making improvised firearms by imitating bakakuk and toy pistols. 

The man claimed to have sold 150 homemade bakakuk priced between RM800 and RM2,800 depending on the quality. 

He also claimed to have only sold four pistols and three revolvers which were sold between RM2,000 and RM2,500. 

Zaini said initial information showed that clients would deal directly with the man, to either place orders for homemade firearms or to send their homemade firearms for repairs. 

“We believe the bullets, except for the 5.56mm ammo, are either bought from registered arms dealers or from his clients who buy homemade firearms from him,” said Zaini. 

He said preliminary investigations also showed that majority of those picked up are either retirees and pensioners and only one, which is the 83-year-old, has a firearm licence.

Thus far, four are still remanded for investigations, while three aged, 61, 76 and the 83-year-old have been released on police bail.

The case is being probed for trafficking in firearms which carries the punishment of death or imprisonment for life and with whipping with not less than six strokes. 

“We urge those in possession of such firearms to surrender the weapons to the nearest police station or face the law,” he said. 

Aggressive actions will be taken by the police to curb unregistered use of firearms, especially those involving homemade rifles such as Bakakuk which is widely popular in the State.

Police realise that if left unaddressed, it can jeopardise the safety of the people as it is a dangerous weapon. 

Also present were State Special Branch Head SAC Datuk Suhaimi Deraman and Ranau Police Chief DSP Mohd Shahrul Datuk Abdul Wahab, among others. 

 



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