The general elections must be approaching soon, because how else can you explain the bizarreness of this story?
According to The Star, a sword-wielding man had been shot after attempting to enter Prime Minister Najib Razak's compound on Monday. You can check out a picture of the guy via the link, but be warned that it's quite graphic.
Accompanied by a 28-year-old female, the couple were reportedly brandishing samurai swords outside Block B1 of the Prime Minister's Department . The duo had arrived in a car at the security post of the Economic Planning Unit office at about 2.30pm.
Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Razak Majid said the duo marched towards the security post in an aggressive manner. The then took hostage of an auxiliary policeman who had tried to stop them from entering the premises. “The man held the sword on the policeman's neck and together they walked past the security before releasing him," he says.
Police were then forced to open fire, shooting the man in the arm and leg while the woman was shot in the left thigh. The man eventually succumbed to his injuries shortly after he was rushed to Putrajaya Hospital. His accomplice is still being held for questioning, investigations are still underway.
UPDATE: According to Bernama, initial police investigations have revealed that the suspect who called himself 'imam mahadi' was suffering from some sort of mental illness. His identity was also revealed to be a 47-year-old man named Khalil Afandi Abd Hamid who ran a blog called Jaya Negara.
Sources revealed that the blog (which has since been removed) was where he criticized Malaysian politicians, praising Dr Mahathir Mohamad and poured scorn on Najib Tun Razak. From Free Malaysia Today:
In his last posting, the 47-year-old blogger described the former premier as the “kindest human being” whom he had come across in Malaysia.
Khalil added that he would “very much agree” if Mahathir wanted to become the prime minister again.
Stay tuned for any further updates as this story develops.