Friday, August 29, 2008


Basalie’s safe box found in Tambunan


A safe box containing documents belonging to Sabah Barisan Nasional Executive Secretary Datuk Basalie Abdul Hamid was found by Police in Tambunan, some 80 kilometres away from here, yesterday. It is learnt that the former Bugaya Assemblyman was away to assist BN colleagues in the Permatang Pauh by- election since last week, while his wife was accompanying a relative who was undergoing an operation in Kuala Lumpur. It is also learnt that the couple had entrusted their house in Austral Park here under the politician’s brother- in-law’s care. The brother-in-law had gone to check the house several times but did not see anything amiss until he received a call from his elder brother and was informed of the Police discovery. The safe box, containing jewellery and documents belonging to the couple, was dumped in Tambunan. All but the documents were missing. Police are investigating the case. Meanwhile in TUARAN, a group of pupils made a shocking discovery when they found the body of a woman, with her hands tied and face down, in the bushes along the Bukit Payung-Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park Road yesterday. The pupils from a primary school in Telipok claimed that they smelt a foul smell coming from the area while walking to school around 7.40am. They went to check and found the decomposing body just 11 metres away from the road. Tuaran Police Chief DSP Suhaimi Wiro when disclosing this said the woman is believed to be in her 20s. “Both her hands were bound to the back and based on her decomposing body, we believe she could have been murdered about a week ago. “We have yet to establish her identity as no document was found on her,” he said. The woman had long shoulder-length straight hair and long nails. Her body has been sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a post mortem. Suhaimi added that the case would be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. If found guilty, the culprit faces the mandatory death penalty.

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