By Mohd Adib Povera Mohd Salleh |

SUNGAI PETANI: A man, wanted in connection with a cruel rape and murder case of a marketing executive six years ago, was arrested by the police on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old man, who has been on the run since 2006,  was ambushed and detained at the Kuala Lumpur In ternational Airport in Sepang, Selangor. It was learnt that  the suspect is the son of a prominent “Datuk” in the state.
State Criminal Investigation Department chief, Assistant  Commissioner Zakaria Ahmad, said the suspect had arrived  from Perth, Australia when he was picked up by the police.
“We never closed the investigation file for the case. In fact,  we had been updating new leads for the case every two weeks  since the murder.
“The police have been working closely with our coun terparts in other countries to locate the suspect,” he told  reporters.
Zakaria said police had also obtained a seven-day remand  order from the Sungai Petani magistrate's court here on  Wednesday.
The suspect landed on the police wanted list for his  suspected involvement in the murder of Chee Gaik Yap.
Chee was 25 when she was raped and murdered on Jan 15,  2006.
The victim was jogging with her younger sister when she  was abducted near a popular recreational club here at  7pm.
Her semi-nude body was found nine hours later with a  10cm wound on top of her head, while her neck was almost  severed.
A post-mortem confirmed that she was raped after being  knocked out by a heavy blow to the head.
It was learnt that police suspected the suspect's in volvement in the case following a DNA test conducted on him  when he was called to assist investigation six years ago.
The suspect however escaped arrest when he left the  country after performing the DNA test.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Various politicians continue to criticise Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over his recent statement in a BBC interview that there was a need to review Malaysia’s archaic laws so as not to be seen as punitive and considered relevant.

They said such statement reflected insensitivity and caused unneccesary debate.

Gerakan deputy president Datuk Chang Ko Youn said it was a fact that the law had to be reviewed from time to time to reflect the values of society as the law was a vibrant matter and not static.

“However, when you touch on sexual matters, you have to bear in mind that Malaysian society is not ‘progressive’ and basically, they are still conservative.

“Therefore, his (Anwar’s) comment has created unnecessary dispute and argument. It has to evolve by itself,” he told Bernama.

Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow believed, whatever law that needed to be reviewed, must reflect the values of the society, by taking into consideration, Malaysia’s multi-racial and multi-religious values.

MIC secretary-general S Murugesan when contacted, explained that most  lawyers believed there should be a review of archaic laws, from time to time.

However, he said feedback from the people must be sought before any effort to amend any of the existing laws.

“Not only that, you should not amend something just because it is not convenient to some people. As a lawyer, you will say review any archaic law but again, we are a Muslim majority country and there are other segments of the population with different religiious beliefs.

“Therefore, we need to take this into consideration before we make a statement on the need to review any archaic law,” he added. — Bernama
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