Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi did not rule out that the host of the party may be linked to the gang. — Picture by K.E. Ooi
Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi did not rule out that the host of the party may be linked to the gang. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

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GEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi.

According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong.

“He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning.

“It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

The casualty, Gan Chin Wah, is still warded at the Penang Hospital for his injuries.

The police have identified seven suspects from the incident and will make arrests soon.

On Sunday, Gan and other guests were under a tent in the restaurant compound when the armed assailants rushed in.

Gan was slashed several times before his bodyguard fired two shots in the air and chased after the assailants who escaped on motorcycles.

Abdul Rahim did not rule out that the host of the party may be linked to the gang.

The case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting.

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