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Opposition leaders condemn the killing of Bill Kayong

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 10:24 PM PDT


KUCHING: News on the assassination of PKR Miri branch secretary Bill Kayong has sent shockwaves among both federal and state opposition leaders.
PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail called for those who were involved in the heinous crime to be traced, arrested and brought to justice.
"Bill Kayong was an activist and PKR member committed to all reformation agenda. He had been raising issues close to the hearts of Sarawakians, including the native customary rights (NCR) issues that he raised during the last state election," they said in a joint statement yesterday, while also expressing their condolences to Bill's family.
The 43-year-old Bill, who was Miri MP Dr Michael Teo's political secretary and PKR candidate for Bekenu in the last state election, was shot dead by an unknown person using a shotgun while he was waiting in his Toyota Hilux at a traffic light intersection in Lutong, Miri.
State PKR chairman Baru Bian said he and other party members were shocked to hear about the death of their loyal member Bill at the hands of a killer, adding that words were not enough to express the sorrow and outrage they felt that Bill was so brutally and coldly shot and killed.
"Bill was a vocal activist for the natives of Sarawak, fearless in his passion about native land rights. He was a young man zealously pursuing justice for the people and was very outspoken against any kind of discrimination or unfairness in our society.
"He was an active member of PKR and was the secretary of our Miri branch. Bill stood as our candidate for Bekenu in the recent Sarawak elections. He was a man with a mission and had so much more to experience and contribute. We have lost a loyal comrade and a good friend, and Dr Michael Teo, his trusted aide," he said in a press statement.
Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said party members were waiting for details about this heinous crime and he urged the police to be relentless in their investigations so that the culprits could be brought to justice.
"We offer our deepest sympathy to Bill's family for their loss. Bill's young children can be proud of the dedicated and committed man their father was. We pray that the family will find the strength and fortitude to bear this unimaginable grief. We thank Bill for being part of the PKR family and for journeying with us thus far. We will miss him."
State PKR vice-chairman See Chee How, when contacted, condemned such an act of extreme violence and called on any person in the vicinity of the scene who might have information on the assassin(s) and the vehicle used to volunteer information to the police, who he hopes are hunting for the suspect(s).
"We have lost a diligent party leader and a well respected native rights activist who was friendly to everybody and bore no grudges to political adversaries or antagonists. Personally, Bill was more than a close friend.
"With the works that we had been doing together for the past decade, we had treated each as a family member. Many party colleagues and activists in the state will share that feeling towards Bill, remembering the good and helpful person that he had been and continue the good works and causes that he helped advocate and contributed."
Meanwhile, state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said: "On behalf of DAP Sarawak, I would like to express my deepest condolence to the family of Bill Kayong. I am deeply sorry and feel shocked to hear of the incident. His demise is a loss to the state."
Chong, who is Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Bandar Kuching MP, said such cold-blooded murder was something that nobody wanted or expected to see happen, especially in the peaceful land of Sarawak.
"It begs the question to all Sarawakians: Is Sarawak as safe a place as we all perceive it to be, that someone can be shot dead in broad daylight in a public place? I call upon the police to top-prioritise the investigation of this murder case.
"It is a cold-blooded murder in broad daylight with firearms. A life was lost. This fact alone is sufficient to make it a top-priority investigation case."
He said police must look at all angles to solve the case and bring those behind the murder to justice.
The added implication and importance of the incident, he elaborated, is that the late Bill Kayong was an opposition politician and a strong advocate of NCR land issues.
"The public perception of his assassination is that it is either politically motivated or linked to the NCR cases which he was fighting for. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the police must immediately take action to investigate the murder."
He said the trend now is very scary for public figures and politicians.
"However, it is too early for us to pinpoint but let the police handle the case promptly," he said.
 - Theborneopost june 22,2016

张健仁﹕光天化日发生枪击 砂州是否还安全呢﹖

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 10:19 PM PDT

(本报古晋21日讯)砂公正党美里区部秘书比尔加勇被枪杀事件﹐乃是冷血杀手在光天化日下展开的一宗持械杀人案﹐而在有关案件已经导致一条无辜生命枉送的前提下﹐警方必须首要优先注重是起案件的调查工作。

砂行动党主席张健仁国州议员是在今日受访时﹐就砂公正党美里区部秘书比尔加勇被枪杀事件﹐如是表示。
他还不忘提问道﹕"当有人在光天化日下被人于公共场合开枪杀害时﹐砂州是否还如同我们想象中的安全呢﹖"
与此同时﹐他也说明﹐比尔加勇是一位反对党领袖﹐也是一位积极捍卫土著习俗地权益的人士。
"因此﹐公众或将把他的被杀事件与政治或土著习俗地案件联想在一块。"
另一方面﹐他也代表该党向比尔加勇的家人致以最深切的慰问。
他也披露﹐是起案件让他为之感到震惊﹐也让他就比尔加勇的不幸逝世深感惋惜。
"他(比尔加勇)的不幸身亡﹐是砂州的一大损失。"
《转载自 诗华日报》

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