Sunday, October 17

Silent protest at funeral of slain carpenter

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SENDING A MESSAGE: The lorry carrying Ting’s body displays a white banner written with Chinese characters.

SIBU: Banners displayed at the funeral of slain carpenter Ting Ing Pang yesterday morning silently protest the way in which he met his end.

The 61-year-old man was beaten to death in a mob attack after his car collided with a motorcyclist at Mile 64 Sibu-Balingian Road at 7.30am last Thursday.

Grief-stricken family members, relatives and friends carried four banners condemning the murder and calling on police to solve the case without delay.

Not a single word was uttered by dozens of people attending the funeral, except for the tears and cries for the loss of a loved one.

Ting of Sibu Jaya was returning from Bintulu with a foreign worker after a working trip last Thursday when his car collided with a motorcyclist from one of the longhouses nearby.

The 38-year-old motorcyclist, who fractured his right thigh, fainted in the accident. Ting was calling Selangau police for help when attacked by angry longhouse folks. He died in Sibu Hospital.

A postmortem showed Ting had been brutally beaten with the upper part of both his legs fractured. Both his eyes were swollen. His chest had been punctured and he died from head injuries.

Four banners bearing messages in black Chinese characters were taken out with Ting’s coffin at the mortuary yesterday morning.

A group photograph was taken followed by a funeral procession in which the four banners were put beside the coffin. The one placed on the lorry that carried Ting’s coffin read: ‘Justice must come from the smearing of this blood.’ After the procession, a lorry carried Ting’s body to a cemetery at Teku Road.

Mukah police chief DSP Omar Bakhtiar yesterday assured the public they were probing this case.

He said two days after the murder, cops arrested two suspects, aged 30 and 60, and remanded them for seven days.

“We are looking for another four who have gone missing. Police have launched a manhunt and are confident of arresting them.”

He was certain the case would be solved as police have identified the killers. The suspects come from two longhouses near the scene of the accident – Rumah Sudin and Rumah Sigan. He called on the public to remain calm and let police complete their probe.