Thursday, November 21

Teacher held after photo of him holding airgun posted in Facebook


KOTA BELUD: A teacher from Kampung Tamalang, here got himself into trouble with the law after a photo of him holding an airgun was posted in ‘1StopBorneo Wildlife’ Facebook.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Zaidi Abdullah said the 33-year-old man had been detained to be investigated under Section 8 (a) of the Firearms Act 1960.

“The photo shows a man holding the airgun at Kampung Sangkir for bird hunting activity.

“Investigation was immediately carried out and we managed to identify the suspect and the latter then brought police to a bush at Kampung Tamalang where he hid the airgun,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Zaidi said police investigation revealed the airgun was bought from an online site together with its pallets.

Zaidi therefore remind the public not to own or purchase unlicensed airgun as it is against the law.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a tourist from China died while snorkelling at Pulan Mantanani on Friday.

Gao Yundai, 67, was believed to have suffered a seizure while snorkelling with 44 other tourists around noon.

“Investigation shows while in the water, the victim was not responsive and was immediately taken out from the water and back into the boat.

“The victim was however pronounced dead by paramedic as they reached the island,” said Zaidi, adding that the victim’s body had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu for a post-mortem.