Suspect in Bill Kayong’s murder finally arrested

Koong (centre) is escorted to Miri CPS for investigations into the murder of Bill Kayong on June 21, 2016.

MIRI: Police have finally arrested a suspect wanted in the mafia-style murder of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Miri secretary Bill Kayong, after hiding from the authorities for almost six years.

Koong Siang Ming @ Batu Ming, aged 26, was flown in to Miri International Airport on a Royal Malaysian Police Air Wing aircraft from Kuala Lumpur today. He was escorted to Miri Central police station by a team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) personnel.

Miri police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect is now detained at the CPS lock-up for further investigation.

It is understood that Koong had been hiding in China before the authorities arrested and deported him back to Malaysia due to his expired passport.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death penalty.

On June 21, 2016, Bill Kayong was shot in his car while stopping at a traffic light intersection in Kuala Baram.

Following the shooting, Koong had gone into hiding for five years after police identified him as one of the suspects involved in the murder case.

The police, at the time, had managed to arrest four suspects including a ‘Datuk’ for alleged involvement in the case.

Three of them were acquitted and released of the charge of being accomplices in hiring one Mohamad Fitri Pauzi in committing the murder.

Fitri has been charged for the crime and is awaiting sentencing.