INVESTIGATE .....Police need more time to investigate death of teenage girl in Kota Marudu.
KOTA MARUDU: A Pakistani suspect, who was detained last Sunday following the discovery of the body of a teenage girl by a roadside near Kampung Ranau, about 2km from Kota Marudu town, has been further remanded for another seven days.
District police chief DSP Mohd Isa Yusof disclosed that the remand of the Pakistani, in his 40s, which expired yesterday, was extended by the court at their request.
“We applied to the court to extend the remand for another seven days as we need more time to investigate the case,” he said when contacted yesterday.
“Once the investigation into this case is completed, we will submit the investigation paper to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s office (for further action),” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 304 of the Penal Code for manslaughter, an offence which provides for a jail term of up to 30 years and also liable to a fine upon conviction.
Mohd Isa pointed out that the post-mortem report from the Pathology Department has revealed that there was no sign that the victim was raped as speculated by certain parties.
Norikoh Saliwa, 16, from Kampung Bombong 1 was found dead with head injuries at the side of the road leading to Kampung Ranau around 12.40pm on November 25.
Following the discovery of her body, the Pakistani suspect was nabbed in Kota Marudu the next day and was then remanded for seven days to assist police in investigation.
Meanwhile, the UPKO Komulakan Movement has urged the police to widen the scope of investigation into the death of Norikoh.
“In extending our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Norikoh, we support the need for a thorough investigation into this case, not just as a murder case, but also into the legality of documents in the possession of the suspect,” said its chief, Ewon Benedick.
“A Pakistani is being detained. He must have with him some documentation in order to open a business in Kota Marudu. If he has MyKad, then an investigation of how he obtained it must be undertaken,” he added.
“Even if Norikoh was not raped, justice must prevail not only to the family, but to the people of Sabah, who have been asking for the truth regarding the extra-ordinary increase of foreigners in the state,” he said.
Ewon, who is also the deputy chief of UPKO Kota Belud, urged the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah to make this tragic incident a case study.
“Just weeks before, we have heard villagers in Sook decried having known a foreigner whose MyKad address was in their kampung. There could be more such cases. We have been asking why this is happening and getting no plausible response from the authority,” said Ewon.
“A minister recently responded in Parliament that foreigners in Sabah do not pose a threat to security. He apparently had not been briefed on the real situation as it appears to contradict what has been published in the newspapers. Almost everyday, we read of foreigners in connection with crime,” he said.
“I was in Beaufort today to attend a wedding reception, and some of the people who attended the event said they are beginning to fear for the future, the safety of their children and grandchildren. Gone were the days when the people of Sabah can walk on the beach or at town centres or wherever they go freely and securely,” he said.
Ewon, who is also a Supreme Council member of UPKO, is urging the people, especially the authority in the villages such as the village chiefs and Village Development and Security Committee chairmen to do their part in preventing the influx of foreigners into their villages.
“Don’t allow these foreigners to peddle their furniture or clothing, or allow them to tap rubber or work in your plantation. They are potential security threat, if not today, possibly tomorrow,” said Ewon. (BP)