The Assassination of Bill Kayong, PKR Miri branch secretary…

10 August 2018

MIRI: Mohd Fitri Pauz has been sentenced to death by the High Court here for the murder of native rights activist and Miri Parti Keadilan Rakyat secretary Bill Kayong in a mafia-style shooting two years ago.

High Court Judge P. Ravinthran found the 30-year-old guilty of fatally shooting Kayong on June 21, 2016 after ruling that the prosecution had proven its case beyond doubt.

“I sentence the accused to death for the offence of murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” he said.

On June 6 last year, 46-year-old businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, who was charged with abetting the killing of Kayong, was discharged and acquitted by the Miri High Court without his defence being called.

Two other accused were also discharged and acquitted without their defence being called – Lie Chang Loon, 38, and Chin Wui Chung, 51.

The three suspects were freed because there was insufficient evidence linking them to the crime.

However, the judge found there was sufficient evidence in Mohamad Fitri’s case and ordered him to enter his defence.

During the trial, Justice P. Ravinthran told Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Latif and defence lawyer Rambir Singh that he was satisfied that the evidence linked Mohamad Fitri to the shooting.

6 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 | MYT 1:08 PM

Bill Kayong murder trial: Datuk and two others go free

MIRI: Sarawak businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, who was charged with abetting the mafia-style murder of land activist Bill Kayong last year, has been discharged and acquitted by the Miri High Court.

Lee, 46, was discharged and acquitted without his defence being called.

Two other accused, Lie Chang Loon, 38 and Chin Wui Chung, 51, were similarly discharged and acquitted.

However, the main suspect, Mohamad Fitri Pauz, 30, was ordered to enter his defence and his trial will continue on June 14.

High Court Judge P. Ravinthran ruled that the prosecution had failed to furnish evidence linking the trio to the murder.

He told prosecution officer Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Fuad Abdul Aziz that the court had no choice but to discharge and acquit the three men.

“The prosecution had failed to establish any evidence linking the trio to the murder.

“I have to discharge and acquit the three without calling for their defence.

“However, for the first accused Mohd Fitri, I find credible evidence to call him to enter his defence on the murder charge,” he said.


5 July 2016

Bill Kayong murder solved; 6 suspects incl 22y/o woman arrested on Friday: Sarawak police

– Bill Kayong murder: Shotgun used in killing found in suspect’s home in Miri, say Sarawak police


Bill Kayong murder case solved, says IGP

5 Jul 2016, PM 6:58 (Updated 5 Jul 2016, PM 7:43)

The murder case of PKR activist Bill Kayong has been solved, said the inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

In a tweet today, the top cop lauded the Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) success in nabbing the alleged murderer.

“Shooter arrested and murder weapon recovered,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak police chief Mazlan Mansor also expressed confidence that the case has been solved, but said police were still tracking several suspects still at large.

“The particulars of the suspects still at large cannot be released at this time. Work is still in progress to compile the investigation (files) for the purpose of charging the suspects in court,” he said in a statement.

25 June 2016

Over 2,000 pay last respects to Bill Kayong at funeral wake


MIRI: It was a sombre evening as more than 2,000 people mourned the passing of activist Bill Kayong during the funeral wake at his house in Lorong Jati 6, Desa Senadin here on Thursday.

State PKR chief Baru Bian, Krian assemblyman Ali Biju, Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong, Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief Dato Saifuddin Nasution, Penampang MP Dariel Lei King, Machang Bubok (Penang) assemblyman Lee Khai Loon (Penang) and Native Customary Rights (NCR) activist Nicholas Bawin were among those paying their last respects to Bill during the traditional Iban funeral rite called the ‘Nyengaik’ before his remains were brought for Muslim burial at Lambir Muslim cemetery later yesterday.

The mourners were also seen comforting the widow Hasyikin Hatta and her two teenage children.

The ‘Nyengaik’ began with an elder from Betong, known as the ‘Ayak’ Kalang — considered as a prominent authority of Iban customs and traditions — telling story of Bill’s life and its final phase, as well as the nature of death.

He then elaborated on the ‘tusut’ (family tree), mentioning the original longhouse in Lubau area), as well as Bill’s achievements, contributions to society and significant events in his life, including the fight for NCR rights.

After that Nicholas Bawin, in his eulogy, spoke about ‘Adat Pemati’ — the funeral custom that relates to the period of mourning and the fines (‘adat’) upon those who break specific rules during that period.

Nicholas also acknowledged the role of Miri Islamic Religious Council in allowing and understanding the holding of the ‘Nyengaik’ and ‘Adat Pemati’ for Bill or Mohd Hasbie Abdullah before the Muslim burial yesterday.

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Sarawakians to rally in Sibu for fallen native rights fighter Bill Kayong


File photo of Bill Kayong on a campaign trail in Bekenu town in the run-up to the May 7 Sarawak election. ― Picture taken from Bill Kayong’s Facebook page

KUCHING, June 25 — A coalition of seven non-government organisations led by the Sarawak Dayak Association (Pedas) will gather in the Sibu town square at 9am to protest the cold-blooded murder of Bill Kayong who made a name defending their native rights.

The 43-year-old father of two was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Miri after Friday prayers yesterday.

“We want to condemn in the strongest possible term the murder of our fellow activist.

“Bill has been very vocal in championing the rights of the NCR landowners all this while,” the coalition’s spokesman Simon Joseph Usau told Malay Mail Online.

Simon added that the community is still reeling from the loss of Kayong who was gunned down early Tuesday morning while driving from his Senadin home to his Permyjaya office in Miri.

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Bill Kayong: a sincere &committed activist who fight for d rights, d honour & d soul of his people. Al fatihah!

24 June 2016

Together with Sarawak leaders as we bury our dear friend . Thousands have come to pay respects.

You have touched so many lives. You are loved and will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Bill Kayong.

Borneo Post Online

Bill Kayong being laid to rest today


MIRI: Bill Kayong’s remains arrived at Ar’Rayyan mosque at 10.35am this morning (June 24) to receive its final ablutions and to be prepared for burial.

Jenazah prayers will be performed after the Friday prayers before being buried at the Muslim cemetery at Jalan Lusut, Kpg Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lambir.

Today’s funeral rites come after a two-day wake which saw thousands of mourners gather at his home in Desa Senadin to pay their last respects to Bill, also known as Mohd Hasbie Abdullah.

Following his murder on June 21, the state government relaxed its restrictions on immigration for seven days, allowing top PKR leaders to enter Sarawak to attend his funeral.

The PKR Miri branch secretary and Native Customary Rights (NCR) activist was gunned down in his car while he was parked at the traffic lights.

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22 June 2016

Sarawak in shock over ‘mafia-style’ killing of PKR politician

KUCHING — The murder of prominent Sarawak native-rights activist and opposition politician Bill Kayong sent shockwaves through the state on Tuesday (June 22), with federal police swiftly forming a special task force to find the killer.

Kayong, 43, was shot in the neck on Tuesday morning by an unknown assailant with a shotgun while stopped at a Miri intersection in his white pick-up truck.

Kayong had stood for election, unsuccessfully, as a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate in last month’s Sarawak state election. He was found slumped in his Toyota truck, which still bore the PKR election logo.

Bill Kayong next to a prophetic banner. Wonder if his death will give rise to Dayakism.

21 June 2016

Bersih 2.0 asks if Kayong’s murder motivated by politics

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Bersih 2.0 raised questions today over the possibility that the fatal shooting of PKR’s Bill Kayong in Miri this morning was related to politics.

If true, the polls watchdog said Kayong would be the first candidate or ex-candidate to be killed since the 1982 case of Negri Sembilan Speaker Mohd Taha Talib, who was shot dead by then culture, youth and sports minister Datuk Mokhtar Hashim eight days before the elections that year.

“If election-related murders — common in countries like India and the Philippines — is becoming part of our political culture, a long shadow is cast on our electoral process,” Bersih 2.0 said in a statement.

It also reminded the police of the unsolved murder of K. Murugan, political aide to Vasantha Kumar, the PKR parliamentary candidate for Tapah in 2013.

Murugan had gone missing on May 1 and his body was found tied with wires in a pond in Batu Gajah, Perak, on polling day May 5.

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Dayak NGOs condemn murder of activist Bill Kayong

Thirteen Dayak non-governmental organisations in Sarawak condemned the murder of Dayak activist Bill Kayong, who was gunned down by unknown persons in Lutong, Miri early today.Kayong, 43, had stopped at a traffic light intersection when he was killed.

Among them are the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU), Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA), Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia), Dayak Graduates Association (SGA), Bidayuh Graduates Association (BGA), Barisan Iban Sarawak (Bisa) and the Dayak National Congress (DNC).

Their spokesman Dr Dusit Jaul, who is DGA president, read out a joint statement at a press conference held at a hotel here.

“This senseless act has caused deep anger among members of the Dayak communities as such act is akin to stirring a hornet’s nest while at the same time, testing Dayak resolve.

“In the light of this murder, we call and urge members of the communities to keep calm and not to take the laws into their own hands,” he said.

IGP: Taskforce to probe murder of Miri PKR branch secretary

The federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman has set up a special taskforce to investigate the murder of Miri PKR branch secretary Bill Kayong in Sarawak this morning.

Kayong, 43, was the PKR candidate who contested the Bekenu seat in the Sarawak state elections on May 7 was shot dead about 8.30am while in his Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicle at a traffic light junction in Lutong.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said the taskforce would be led by Sarawak CID chief, SAC Dev Kumar MM Sree Shunmugam.

He said the police would also send CID officers from Bukit Aman to assist the taskforce.

He said the motive behind the death was under investigation and urged the public not to speculate.

Bill Kayong shot in face and neck

PETALING JAYA: PKR politician Bill Kayong was reportedly shot in the neck as he stopped his pick-up truck at the traffic light junction in Lutong, north of Miri city, on Tuesday.

The Toyota truck, still bearing the PKR election logo, was found riddled with bullet holes on the driver’s side at about 9.20am near the E-Mart supermarket on Permyjaya-Kuala Baram road.

Kayong, 43, the Miri PKR branch secretary, was found slumped in the driver’s seat, with injuries on his face and neck.

Bill Kayong was a “fearless” advocate of native land rights, says Baru Bian

21 June 2016 | MYT 10:31 AM

PKR politician shot dead in Miri

MIRI: A PKR leader was shot dead at a traffic light junction in the Kuala Baram district about 20km north of the city on Tuesday.

Bill Kayong, the political secretary to Miri MP Dr Michael Teoh, was shot at about 9am as he stopped his pick-up truck at the busy junction  in front of the E Mart commercial centre in Senadin.

Bill Kayong

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said it received information that its member, Bill Kayong, who contested in the Bekenu seat in the recent state elections, had been shot.

Dr Teoh, who is Miri PKR chairman, was at the scene with Sarawak DAP secretary Alan Ling and SUPP secretary general Datuk Sebastian Ting.

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