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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian police said on Thursday (Sep 6) they are investigating the death of a 36-year-old commando officer who was shot in a live-firing demonstration at Lok Kawi Camp in Sabah on Wednesday.

Major Mohd Zahir Armaya was then rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, where he later died.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said a probe will be carried out to identify the cause of the incident.

“I am confident there is an SOP (standard operating procedure) and it may not be overlooked," he told reporters. "The demonstration was well organised but the accident still occurred.”

He added: “The Sabah Police Commissioner will release a statement soon (on the development of the case).”

Abdul Hamid also asked the public to refrain from posting any offensive comments online.

TERRORIST ROLE-PLAY

The exercise - held in conjunction with the launch of the Fifth Division Infantry and the 13th Infantry Brigade - involved a clash between a group of "terrorists" and the armed forces.

All the participants wore bullet-proof vests.

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Major Mohd Zahir, who played the role of the terrorist leader, had fired a pistol at an army officer, causing him to fall on his knees in pain.

The officer then stood up and fired his pistol at Mohd Zahir, who had a red bottle target on the back of his bullet vest.

The shot caused Mohd Zahir to fall and two army personnel then pulled him to the side of the parade field.

He appeared unconscious and was believed to have sustained serious injuries.

An army medical team at the ceremony gave him first aid before sending him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 9.20am.

"WE WERE VERY CLOSE"

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people, including friends, family members and officials paid their last respects to Mohd Zahir at the Wardieburn Camp mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

The late major's body was then buried at the Tambun Muslim Cemetery in Ipoh. He was survived by a widow and five children, aged between five months and nine years old.

Mohd Zahir's father, veteran actor and comedian A R Badul, received the news of the incident from his daughter-in-law.

“I received the news this morning and was shocked and sad. But I take it as a test from Allah," he told Bernama.

“We were very close and he had contacted and met me before. I was told that the bullet went a little further than the bullet-proof plaque and hit his body.”

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Mirdat Mohamad, who is Mohd Zahir's uncle, said the family wishes for a thorough investigation to find the exact cause of the incident.

"We wish for him to have a fair investigation, a fair trial and a proper closure. If this was negligence, hopefully it would not happen again in the future," said the 54-year-old. “We will leave it to the police and army."

King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his consort Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah expressed their sympathies and sadness to Mohd Zahir's family.

Condolences also poured in from other Malaysian leaders, including the communications minister, the chief of army and Sabah's chief minister.

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The Malaysian army really garang.... Live bullet shooting someone wearing bulletproof vest in their plan! 

So many things could go wrong, like the vest could be from Taobao, or put in wrong ammo (AP) .... And bo bo shooter (in this case). They are definitely braver than us! 

RIP to the commando. 

 

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Very strange to use live bullets for terrorist role play demo, RIP:a-rip:

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Saw the report too.

RIP to the CDO.

Hope their country will take care of the kids.

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whoever planned for this shld be held responsible ........ many just like to look good for giving crazy ideas ... 

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2 hours ago, StreetFight3r said:

We were very close and he had contacted and met me before. I was told that the bullet went a little further than the bullet-proof plaque and hit his body.”

Wow... so the bullet may have hit a exposed or unprotected part of the body. 

 

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Wonder how their Risk Assessment form can be passed ?

Seems perfectly pointless to use live ammo in such demo. Not just danger to participants but also to spectators

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What if they miss and shoot someone in the head?

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Probably never thought about it.

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I don't think Malaysia leaders are very bright.

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16 minutes ago, Sosaria said:

Wonder how their Risk Assessment form can be passed ?

Seems perfectly pointless to use live ammo in such demo. Not just danger to participants but also to spectators

Are the RA even available.  Is boleh land after all. 

Real wanyang, live round louder noise.

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When I read the title I thought it was live firing at a range against wooden boards.

I can never imagine in a million years using live bullets against another human being in a vest at a parade ground with members of the public looking on.

I think its a great idea. Where to send my MIL to go and see this kind of demo?

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RIP Commando. Sincere condolences to the bereaved family. 

Really took a bullet for your country. Salute your service! 

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Speechless....live rounds used.

 

I wonder if this practice has been going on for years.

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such a senseless death .................... 

 

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Actually this make sense.

Boleh land army are well trained.

If a terrorist leader is using a vest aim where the vest is not covering.

Why aim at the vest?

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3 minutes ago, Jamesc said:

Actually this make sense.

Boleh land army are well trained.

If a terrorist leader is using a vest aim where the vest is not covering.

Why aim at the vest?

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You definitely are of Bolehland ministar calibre! 

PS just don't kena filmed secretly when you are one (like some economic minister).

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Maybe Boleh land should learn from Pinoy land.

This is a real life emergency situation and they don't even use live ammunition.

Don't even have to use real guns.

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Image result for philippine policeman no gun

 

 

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Condolences man .. must be sad for Badul. Loved his movies in the 80s, very funny actor.

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Bolehland commando like that one. Take training to the next level. Was told these kind of live bullet trainings are staple fare for their commandos usually behind closed doors. 

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Very silly when I heard it. Risk for little reward. U can always do live firing on targets. 

Trusting your gear is one thing but this one is too silly. 

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On 9/6/2019 at 6:05 PM, Angcheek said:

whoever planned for this shld be held responsible ........ many just like to look good for giving crazy ideas ... 

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Ask him to wear bulletproof vest and run in the field, get another 10 soldiers holding rifles loaded with live bullets to shoot him. 

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44 minutes ago, Lala81 said:

Very silly when I heard it. Risk for little reward. U can always do live firing on targets. 

Trusting your gear is one thing but this one is too silly. 

More amazingly is they trust their own colleague's shooting accuracy with their own life. Sadly a precious life is lost.

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On 9/6/2019 at 7:51 PM, Jamesc said:

I don't think Malaysia leaders are very bright.

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One M'sian  minister was involved in M'sia and Indo football fans fighting recently? 😁

 

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On 9/6/2019 at 7:51 PM, Jamesc said:

I don't think Malaysia leaders are very bright.

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The bright leader is taking trial now. 

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