The police should investigate an alleged arson attack at Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham’s Ayer Tawar house in Perak as an attempted murder case since it was done while he and his family were asleep, MP Ramkarpal Singh said today.
Ramkarpal said Ngeh was thankfully alerted of the arson attack by a couple who rang his house bell, and that he was then able to bring himself and his family to safety.
But Ramkarpal highlighted the time of the attack: “The fact that the act was carried out in the wee hours of the morning indicates a strong possibility that the perpetrator(s) had the intention to inflict more harm than what occurred.”
While Perak police chief Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri yesterday said the arson case was being investigated under the Penal Code’s Section 435 and that a man was arrested yesterday and remanded for investigations, Ramkarpal said the investigation should also cover other possible offences under Malaysian laws.
“With respect, it is obvious that the matter should be investigated from all angles given the circumstances, including for attempted murder under Section 307 of the Penal Code since the perpetrator(s) chose to commit the offence at a time when the victims were asleep and helpless. As such, the intention to cause death cannot be ruled out.
“Furthermore, the investigations into this matter must also include the causes behind this tragic incident, including whether the perpetrator(s) were induced and/or incited to commit the offence as a result of statements made by irresponsible parties in which case, those parties can be prosecuted under Section 505 of the Penal Code,” the Bukit Gelugor MP said in his statement.
“The prompt action of the police in investigating the matter is very much welcomed and it is hoped that the culprits will be brought to justice soonest,” he said. – MMO