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Mixed feelings from Bruneians after Miri shooting (2019)

BY James Kon & Fadley Faisal

SEVERAL readers gave mixed reactions to the recent robbery attempt and shootout at Taman Serene Jelita in Miri, which left a policeman and one suspect injured.

Following the shootout, two robbery suspects were taken into police custody, while another is still at large.


Every year, during the run-up to the Hari Raya celebrations, Bruneians descend upon Miri for their festive shopping, as well as visiting friends and relatives who live there.

One reader who wished to be identified as Asmah, said, “I don’t think this will stop Bruneians from going to Miri, but they may need to take extra precautions to stay safe.”

But Yong, a permanent resident who has relatives in Miri, said, “There is nothing to be concerned about. The police have arrested two suspects, and the other will be captured soon. I will definitely be going to Miri to visit my relatives, and to eat some of the best food on offer.”

His view is not shared by Haji Othman bin Haji Jumaat, who told the Bulletin, “My family is quite worried about this, so maybe we’ll postpone our trip to Miri for the moment. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Last Sunday, the Miri police discovered a German-made Walther pistol and live bullets hidden inside a drain in a housing estate.

Investigations revealed that while the pistol was manufactured in Germany, its serial number has been tampered with.

The pistol was one of the firearms believed to have been used during the attempted heist at a house in Taman Jelita on May 16, which led to a shootout with the police.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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