PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian who was on the run from Singapore police for 38 years now faces the possibility of life imprisonment after he was finally charged in court for illegal firearm possession.
Seow Lam Seng, 63, was arrested by Malaysian police in Penang last Thursday and taken to Singapore two days later, a report in the Straits Times said.
Singapore police had been regularly reviewing the case in an effort to locate Seow, who has been placed on remand.
Citing a statement from the Singapore police, the Straits Times reported that on Oct 3, 1980, two officers had spotted Seow and a man known as Lee Ah Fatt behaving suspiciously on Tanjong Katong Road and decided to conduct a check on them.
Seow was allegedly carrying a pistol at his waist at a staircase next to Sin Po Po Bar on Tanjong Katong Road.
The police said in the statement that Lee had allegedly drawn his pistol and pointed it at the officers, resulting in one of them shooting at him.
“Despite being shot, Lee Ah Fatt was believed to have continued to struggle with the two police officers. During the commotion, Seow Lam Seng managed to flee from the scene.
“Lee Ah Fatt succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital,” said the police statement.
Offenders convicted of being unlawfully in possession of a firearm can be jailed for life and receive at least six strokes of the cane. However, Seow cannot be caned as he is above 50 years old.