Female traffic officer dies after being run over by Mat Rempit

KLUANG, Sept 6 — A traffic enforcement officer who was run over by a Mat Rempit during ‘Ops Roda/Rempit’ at Km 58, Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing, here, early this morning has died in hospital.

Johor police chief, Datuk Rusli Ahmad said the incident occurred at 2.40 am while Inspector Margaret Tagum Anak Goen, 32, from the Kluang district police headquarters, was conducting a roadblock along with 20 traffic police personnel and a team of volunteer police.

“The Ops started at 1.30 am, an hour later there was a group of bikers heading from Mersing towards Kluang trying to escape the roadblock when one of them rammed into Margaret,” he said when contacted today.

Tagum suffered a broken arm, hip bone and leg from the impact of the collision in addition to internal bleeding and was reported to be critical. She died at 12.45pm at Hospital Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom (HEBHK), here, he said.

Rusli who was accompanied by Kluang district police chief, ACP Mohamad Laham, said this to reporters after visiting Tagum’s remains at the hospital, today.

Rusli said the rider involved, aged 17 years, was arrested soon after he fell from his motorcycle, while six of his friends, aged between 14 and 20 years, who had fled the scene were arrested later.

None of them had a licence and they were believed to be racing during the incident. All of them tested negative for drugs and have been remanded for four days, said Rusli.

He said Tagum’s remains had been claimed by her husband, Leon anak Bahak, 37, to be buried at her hometown in Bau, Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Leon, a soldier at Kem Mahkota, here, who was in a distraught state told reporters he was aggrieved that the incident happened while his wife was on duty.

Leon, who declined to be interviewed further, said Tagum and he were married six years ago, however, they have no children. — Bernama