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Police planning to use e-scooters at KLIA after shooting
Published on: Monday, April 15, 2024
By: Amirul Aiman, FMT
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Police planning to use e-scooters at KLIA after shooting
Selangor police chief Hussein Omar Khan says this will be the first time the police deploy such equipment in Malaysia. (Bernama pic)
SEPANG: The police are planning to use electric scooters at KLIA to better patrol the airport after a shooting incident there yesterday.

Selangor police chief Hussein Omar Khan said the state government had agreed to buy the scooters, adding that this would be the first time the police deploy such equipment in Malaysia.

“We’ll be getting these scooters soon,” he told reporters after a handover ceremony for the new KLIA police chief.

“With these scooters, the police can respond faster and patrol areas more efficiently.

“This is one of the methods the police will adopt soon.”

Two gunshots were fired at KLIA’s arrival hall early yesterday morning when a man attempted to shoot his wife but failed to hit her.

One of the bullets hit a bodyguard, after which the suspect fled the scene. The bodyguard is in stable condition, said Hussein.

The police have recorded statements from 11 witnesses, including the bodyguard who was shot.

Hussein said the police on the scene did not engage with the suspect due to fears that the situation would escalate.

“We didn’t engage with him at the time as it was a public area… It was better for us to let him leave the scene,” he said.

“The situation might have been worse if we engaged with him and he started shooting, (especially as) it’s a crowded public area with many children around.”

Hussein also said the man was detained for three days earlier this year to assist in a probe into two cases involving criminal intimidation.

He said the investigation into these cases remains ongoing.

Hussein previously said the incident at KLIA stemmed from a personal issue and was unrelated to terrorist activities or groups.

Bernama reported that photographs of the suspect have been distributed at entry points in the north of the peninsula as well as to immigration authorities in a neighbouring country.

Inspector-General of Police Razarudin Husain said police are hunting for Hafizul Harawi, 38, to assist in their investigation.

He said the police have also tightened controls at “rat lanes” along the country’s borders to prevent the suspect from fleeing to a neighbouring country.

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