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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Housewife gunned down by cops, hubby seeks justice

A lorry driver has accused the police of firing mercilessly, and without cause, at a car in Klang, killing his wife and leaving his two children without a mother.

Foo Voon Kong, 26, said the Jan 18 incident took place about 7.45pm near Taman Sentosa, when his wife Pua Bee Chun, 22, was in the passenger seat of the car driven by a male friend.

Foo said shots were fired at the car, at the side where his wife had been sitting.

NONE“There were 25 bullets fired at the car and one hit my wife near her heart, killing her instantly,” Foo said.

“Somebody from the scene informed me that there was a shooting incident, and they believed it was my wife (that was shot at). I arrived there and saw police surrounding the vehicle and saw my wife, dead.

“As the incident took place near some houses, I inquired what happened and the house owners said police took the CCTV recordings from their premises and deleted what had happened,” he said.

Foo, who has a son and a daughter with Pua, is now seeking answers from the police as to why they fired at the car, killing his wife.
'No cause for police to shoot'

“She does not have any criminal record and there was no cause for the police to shoot. I also want to know from the male friend as to what happened, for he has escaped unhurt but is now missing,” said the lorry driver.

He claimed that there was no contraband or drugs in the car to justify the shooting.

Foo said this at a press conference organised by Klang MP Charles Santiago, with lawyer and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo also present.
However, a report aired by television station ntv7 said Pua was shot in a car chase, with the car believed to have been reported stolen on Jan 15. It also said a parang and a packet of drugs were found in the car.

The report also said male driver of the car, aged 31, is said to have six previous criminal records involving robbery, drugs and abduction. He has been warded at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

IPCMC should be formed

Foo, who is desperately looking for answers to his wife's killing, said he now had to take care of the children.

“I do not know the man well, for we only knew him for a short period. However, that does not justify the police in firing that many shots to kill my wife, who is innocent,” Foo said.

Commenting on the incident, Charles said he was at the funeral and was shocked about the manner in which Pua died.

NONE“This yet again raises the question why the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) isn't formed to look into abuses by the police and enforcement authorities,” Charles said.

“There is no reason for the police to be trigger happy in killing an innocent woman.”

This, he added, was the third reported death caused by the police within this month, after the cases of C Sugumaran and Chang Chin Te.

Another widely reported police killing is that of 15-year-oldAminulrasyid Amzah after a car chase. A police corporal was charged and convicted of culpable homicide, but the shooter, Corporal Jenain Subi, was acquitted on appeal.

Gobind, who is acting for Pua's family, said erasing the CCTV recordings, as alleged by Foo, was an offence and he would be writing to the police on this matter.

“I feel important answers are needed as an innocent life has been lost and these children are now deprived of growing up without their mother,” Gobind added.

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