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Horror at army demo
Published on: Thursday, September 05, 2019
By: Stefyanie Myla Micheal

KOTA KINABALU: What was supposed to a demonstration to prove that the army’s assets are functioning well went horribly wrong at the Lok Kawi Camp, Wednesday, when a Special Force Regime commando officer with the rank of Major – and son of actor-comedian AR Badul – succumbed to injuries moments after being shot with real bullets.

Major Mohd Zahir Armaya, 36, played a villain in the 8.30am performance, confronting three other personnel who played as soldiers. All wore bulletproof vests.

After he got closer to the three, he fired a shot using his handgun and hit one of the soldiers on the upper abdomen. The deceased then turned around, with his back facing the trio. Moments later, the soldier who was heard coughing and had recovered from the impact of the shot, took out his handgun and shot Major Mohd Zahir in the back. The bullet is believed to have penetrated his body despite having the vest.

He collapsed and two other soldiers dragged him to the side. 

Even at this stage, the onlookers which included the media, did not realise that he was actually injured and was no longer play-acting.

Major Mohd Zahir failed to regain consciousness despite numerous attempt by comrades to resuscitate him prompting medical personnel to rush to his aid.

The ambulance arrived a few minutes later and brought him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH 1) where he was pronounced dead at 9.20am. He left behind a widow and five children age five to nine. 

The emcee said that live ammunition was being used to show that the military equipment in use were in order. The event coincided with the launch of the Fifth Division of the Malaysian Infantry

Questions are now being asked as to who had approved the use of live ammunition during a demonstration as well as the reason, with one retired high-ranking former Major saying it was a stupid decision and that the person responsible should be tried.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu expressed his deepest heartfelt condolences to the late family.

“I hope the family of Allahyarham have an immense strength through this sorrow and we at the Ministry of Defence are deeply saddened by this news” he said.

Mohd Sabu also hoped the public would not speculate until the autopsy report is completed.



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