Remand order for Bill Kayong murder suspect extended

A file photo showing Koong (clad in blue shirt) being escorted to the Miri Central Police station upon his arrival at Miri Airport on July 16.

MIRI: The remand order on the suspect, believed to involved in the murder of Miri Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary Bill Kayong, has been extended seven days until July 26.

Magistrate Leona Dominic Mojiliu meted out the order after granting the police application to enable further investigation after the initial seven-day remand last week expired on Monday (July 19).

The suspect, Koong Siang Ming @ Batu Ming, was flown in on a Malaysian Police King Air unit flight on Friday (July 16) from Kuala Lumpur which touched down at the Miri Airport around 1.55pm. He is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

It was believed that he had been hiding in China for many years before the authority detained him and deported him back to Malaysia because his passport had expired.

Koong is connected to the killing of native right activist and Miri Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary Bill Kayong in a mafia-style shooting back on June 21, 2016 at a traffic light near the Emart Supermarket in Kuala Baram.

Four suspects were detained separately at various locations and dates after the shooting, including a ‘Datuk’ and Mohamad Fitri Pauzi while Koong was on the run.

However, three of them were later released and acquitted from the charge of being accomplices in hiring Fitri in the murder case.