6 charged with being members of "Geng William" kidnap group

Shanti Gunaratnam

KUALA LUMPUR: Six alleged members of the underworld group “Geng William” claimed trial at the High Court here today to being affiliated with an organised criminal association.

The men – Low Sing Hwa, 30, Ang Boon Leong, 40, Liew Che Hwa, 30, Tham Hock Ann, 37, Choo Jia Lerk, 24 and Lim Sin Chye, 45, are alleged to have committed the offences in Kuantan, Pahang, between Jan 2015 and Feb 4, 2017.

All were initially charged at the Kuantan magistrate's and sessions courts, before the case was transferred to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

They were charged under Section 130V (1) of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years upon conviction.

The men were represented by counsel S. Sundarajan, while deputy public prosecutors Muhammad Fadzlan Mohd Noor and Ashraf Md Kamal acted for the prosecution.

Judge Datuk Nordin Hassan fixed May 31, June 1 and 2, for trial.

On Dec 30 last year, Low and Tham were charged in the Kuantan magistrate's court with kidnapping businessman Datuk Chin Yoke Choon, 53, to secure ransom money.

The duo, with three others who are still at large, is alleged to have kidnapped Chin, who is the managing director of Tunas Manja Group, at the parking lot of a hotel at Bandar Indera Mahkota at 5.55pm on Dec 26, last year. The victim was later freed.

It was reported that Chin was held for RM19 million ransom.

Low and Tham may be sentenced to death if convicted under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961.

Both men also claimed trial at the Kuantan magistrate's court to being members of Geng William.

At the same proceedings, two other men linked to the kidnapping – Liew and Choo – pleaded ‘not guilty’ to fraternising, without good cause, with the same underworld group.