23 January 2010
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said four men were arrested by Johor police for the arson attacks on two surau in Muar. It is believed one of the suspects is the son of a lance corporal in the police force.
Two surau in Sabak Aur and Parit Beting were damaged on Thursday by burning kerosene. The curtain and front wall of Surau Sirrahtulrahim along Jalan Ismail were scorched by the fire was put out by passers-by. The second surau along Jalan Salleh had a burnt side door and broken window.
Police arrested the suspects, aged between 16 and 28 years old, between raids held on Friday. All of them were acquainted with one another. One was a school dropout and another a restaurant employee.
The case is being investigated under Section 436 of the Penal Code for causing mischief while the suspects remain in police custody until late Saturday.
The Star Online – Four nabbed for arson attempt on surau in Muar (Update)