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Police and forensic officers cover the body of Palestinian private university lecturer — Dr Fadi Albatsh, who was gunned down in Jalan Meranti, Setapak. Pic by HALIM SALLEH

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Islamic Organisation Consultative Council (MAPIM) has urged for investigation to uncover the motive behind the gunning down of a Palestinian private university lecturer in Setapak to be expedited.

In condemning the murder, MAPIM president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said investigation must be carried out swiftly to ensure that Malaysia does not become a hub for contract killings.

“The open killing in a public place by a contract killer has become a problem that is not foreign to Malaysia. This kind of murder signals a criminal syndicate targeting victims in Malaysia, where all this while we have been regarded as a peaceful nation which serves as a sanctuary for Palestinians and others.

“The killing of Palestinians have happened in several other countries which involve the operation of Israel’s Mossad. In fact, the previous killing of a Korean citizen (Kim Jong-nam at klia2 in Sepang on Feb 13 last year) shows that there is an attempt to turn Malaysia into a place to launch operations by criminal syndicates,” he said in a statement.

The Malaysian Islamic Organisation Consultative Council (MAPIM) president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid says immediate probe must be conducted into the murder of Palestinian private university lecturer in Setapak. File pic by MUHAMMAD SULAIMAN

Azmi was commenting on the 6am incident in front of Idaman Puteri Condominium at Taman Medan here, where Dr Fadi Albatsh, 35, was shot dead by one of two men on a motorcycle.

He said the murder of the imam was saddening as Malaysia should have been a safe place for Palestinians and other refugees from conflict in their countries of origin.

“The 10 shots unleashed on Fadi as reported by the media clearly shows that the incident was a murder with proper planning. MAPIM extends condolences to the family of the deceased and hope they will be patient in facing this heavy test (hardship),” he said.

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