Traces of accelerant found at RTD office where arson attack took place

A personnel from the Fire Dept forensic taem inspects the vehicles that were burnt in an arson attack at the Kuala Kangsar Road Transport Dept office February 6, 2018. — Picture by Farhan Najib

IPOH, Feb 9 — The Fire and Rescue Department found traces of accelerant in six samples collected from Kuala Kangsar Road Transport Department (RTD) parking compound where five vehicles were destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Deputy state Fire and Rescue Department director Sayani Saidon said investigations however were still ongoing to establish other factors that may have led to the fire.  

“Tests conducted on the six samples collected at the site by our forensic unit confirmed to contain residue of accelerant.

“We will forward the results of the forensic analysis to the police for further action,” she told Malay Mail in a WhatsApp message.

On Tuesday, five vehicles, including three belonging to the RTD enforcement team, were destroyed by arsonists who broke into the department’s parking compound.

The vehicles destroyed are two Toyota Fortuner, a Ford Ranger and two Volvos.

Police later found a hole in the perimeter fencing where the vehicles were parked.

Investigators are focusing on a disagreement involving a few people who were unhappy with the enforcement work carried out by the department.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Yahya Abd Rahman, when contacted, said no arrests have been made yet.

“We are investigating from all angles including what was highlighted by Road Transport Department official in the media yesterday regarding Ops Tanjung.

“They need to provide us with all the information so that we can narrow down our investigations,” he said.

RTD deputy director-general (operation) Datuk Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman had earlier said the department did not rule out the possibility that the arson could be the work of clone car syndicates.

The two Volvos that were destroyed in the incident are cloned cars seized by the department recently.