Shooting must be case of mistaken identity, says athletics official – The Malaysian Insider.
BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA AND LEE SHI-IAN
Published: 4 January 2015
Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) vice-president Datuk Noorul Ariffin Abdul Majid (pic), who survived a murder attempt on Wednesday, believes the shooting is a case of mistaken identity.
Noorul Ariffin, who had undergone surgery to remove two bullets from his leg on Thursday, told The Malaysian Insider that he did not think that anyone, including his detractors, would go to the extent of hiring an assassin.
The former national hurdler was sent to the University Malaya Medical Centre after being shot by two men on a motorcycle in front of his house in Bandar Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, about 10pm on Wednesday.
Still baffled by the motive behind the attack, Noorul Ariffin said that he could not determine what could have brought about the shooting.
He, however, acknowledged that his appointment as the Johor Amateur Athletics Association (Johor AAA) president was unpopular.
At the same time, he said he had also lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year over alleged misappropriation of funds in the association.
“The matter is still being investigated by the MACC,” he said, declining to elaborate. It was understood that the alleged misappropriation ran into several hundred thousand ringgit.
Noorul Ariffin also claimed there had been two to three cases involving the misappropriation of funds since he took over as the Johor AAA president.
Police said they were looking at all angles to determine the motive of the shooting.
One of the reports lodged by Noorul Ariffin included an alleged molest case involving national athletes.
Selangor police chief Datuk Abu Samah Mat said that Johor police were looking into the alleged molest case.
“As for the motive on the attempt on the victim’s life, we have yet to be able to ascertain it. We are looking at various possibilities.”
In Wednesday night’s incident, neighbours reportedly heard about four or five gunshots being fired in the housing area.
The suspects were believed to have fled when Noorul’s daughter started screaming for help after witnessing the shooting.
There were two bullet marks on his car while four 9mm bullet casings were found outside the fence across Noorul Ariffin’s house.
It had also been reported that Noorul had allegedly received a death threat in a letter about a month ago. – January 4, 2015.
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