East Coast's most wanted man, Keri Pok Jeng meets his Waterloo

Rosli Ilham

CHUKAI: After a three year manhunt, east coast’s most wanted man, Keri Pok Jeng, met his Waterloo here today, when he was shot dead by Police at Felda Neram Satu, near, here.

Keri or his real Syukri Mohamad Abiah, was believed to be involved in the killing of Alor Limbat State Assemblyman Alias Abdullah, who was shot dead in his home in 2015.

The 37-year-old suspect who is said to be a contract killer, died after he was shot in his head and chest in a shoot out with Police at 4.30am.

Terengganu Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Commissioner Fazlisyam Abd Majid said before the incident, the state and Bukit Aman CID received a tip-off, that a wanted man was hiding in house under construction in the Felda settlement.

He said based on the information received, a Police team was dispatched to the location and upon seeing the Police personnel converging on his hiding place, the suspect sought to escape. In the midst of fleeing the location, the suspect had shot at the Police personnel.

“After police returned fire at the suspect, they found the suspect dead,” he said in a press conference here.

He said following checks, that the suspect was a wanted criminal said to be involved in more then 12 serious criminal offences including murder, kidnapping and violent crime among others.

Fazlisyam said they seized a loaded semi-automatic pistol used by the suspect, a parang as well as recovering 16 bullet casings at the scene.

He adds the suspect was wanted by Police in Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang.

“ Realising that he was being hunted by the Police, the suspect who is from Pasir Putih, Kelantan, had been continuously on the move and went into hiding to avoid being captured by police,” he said.

He said the suspect was not associated with any group and committed the offences on his own.

“Police believe that he was involved in the killing of a state assemblyman and following the suspect’s death, many cases had been resolved,” he said.

Alias, 51, a two-term State Assemblyman for Alur Limbat, was shot dead at point-blank range in the kitchen of his house in Bukit Payung on Oct 9, 2015 after returning home from Friday prayers.

A practising lawyer, Alias was killed exactly two months after his cousin Mat Jusoh was killed in a similar manner in Kampung Padang Midin, Kuala Terengganu.

Both Alias and Mat Jusoh were shot once in the head with a revolver and the modus operandi suggests that the murder was carried out by someone who is highly professional in handling firearms.


Terengganu Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Commissioner Fazlisyam Abd Majid said they seized a loaded semi-automatic pistol used by the suspect, a parang as well as recovering 16 bullet casings at the scene. (BERNAMA)

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