As published in Malay Mail today
By Haresh Deol
By Haresh Deol
KUALA LUMPUR — Striker Safee Sali has been gunned down by a gun and live bullets find in his pickup truck.
He told Johor Baru police he had sent his vehicle to a workshop to fix some accessories. A man driving his green Ford Ranger has been arrested.
Fresh from winning the FA Cup final, the Johor Darul Ta’zim footballer and his teammates were on their way to Johor Baru yesterday when he received a phone call that police had found a gun in his pickup truck.
Police had stopped the vehicle, driven by a 4x4 accessories workshop owner, at a roadblock near the Kempas exit at the North-South Expressway at noon yesterday.
They found a Smith & Wesson pistol and 30 live bullets in a yellow bag on the back seat of the vehicle.
“I was in the bus with my teammates in a joyous mood after beating PKNS 2-1 in the final,” Safee said.
“As we left Segamat after meeting the Kembara Mahkota convoy, I received a phone call and was informed police had found a gun in my vehicle. Suddenly, my joy was cut short.”
He said he sent his vehicle to the “4x4 specialist” in Johor Baru last week to get some accessories fixed.
“It was the first time I had sent my vehicle to the workshop that came highly recommended,” he said.
“His prices were decent and I was supposed to get it accessorised, including a new set of rims. I was to pick the vehicle up after the final.”
Safee said police would record his statement today, adding he was eager to get his vehicle from the police station.
“I’m not paying a single sen for the modifications he had made,” he said.
The 34-year-old suspect is believed to have told police he had found the gun and bullets in a plastic bag while fishing with a friend at a water treatment plant in Pasir Gudang last month.
The suspect said he had kept the gun in his shop to protect himself. Police said the suspect has two previous drug convictions.