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ASSISTANT Superintendent (ASP) Kenny Woodworth in his Ray-Ban shades looked cool, suave — almost film star-like the first time I met him during my crime reporting rounds at the High Street (Jalan Bandar) police station some 48 years ago.
But tough as nails that he was, the crimebuster was a soft-spoken man then. Now, at a grand 87 years old, he spoke softer still as he greeted me at an old folks home in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya.
As we both, two old crocks, sat social distancing at a marble top dinner table, the first question I shot to Kenny was: “Bro, pardon me for asking but why are you here… at an old folks home?”
It was a difficult question to ask (a typical trademark question). But, to my surprise, the answer came rather easily.
“Well,” he began slowly, “after my beloved Joan died (wife Joan Sylvia Maureen), I realised that I couldn’t live in my home in Cheras anymore. We were married for 61 years but have no children. There’s no one to look after me. I also have a problem in both my kidneys. So, an old folks home is a natural place for me to live out the rest of my life.”
Sounds sad, yes, but Kenny Woodworth had put it quite plainly.
The name Kenny Woodworth did not hog newspaper headlines but unbeknown to the public, the hardy lawman played a pivotal part in ending the criminal life of the country’s most dangerous and fearsome gangster who wreaked havoc throughout Kuala Lumpur in the 1960s and 1970s — Wong Swee Chin, who was more popularly known as Botak Chin.
I asked Kenny Woodworth: “Bro, remember Botak Chin?”
Immediately, he perked up.
My host shook his head and lamented. “You know, Najib, Botak Chin could never be anything else. He was born to become a criminal. Anything and anyone he could rob from, he would rob. Banks, shops, turf clubs, all became his victims. And he was also a killer,” said Kenny.
As it was with gangsters, Wong Swee Chin aka Botak Chin’s entry into criminal lore started by being born into a poor family. He dropped out of school after Form 3.
As wild teenagers go, the youngster was impressed by the easy money his hoodlum friends always seemed to have by engaging in petty crimes. So, he joined them. The first gang he joined was the one terrorising the Jalan Ipoh and Sentul area, the 360 Gang.
Botak Chin was suitably impressed by the firearms possessed by his gangster friends. Almost everyone had a pistol. When he turned 18, the age that most youngsters got their driving licence, Botak Chin got his first firearm — a .22 calibre revolver. The crime spree started soon after.
“Actually, he went berserk,” said Kenny Woodworth.
“In 1969, he did eight robberies within a month. After the eighth heist, however, we caught the fellow and he was jailed for seven years.”
Botak Chin Was Released from Prison
The Sentulian was released after five years for good behaviour. He swore to renounce his life of crime.
“But he never walked the talk,” said Kenny. After a few months of idling, the violent urges that had been welling up in him boiled over and finally broke out.
Kenny said: “Botak Chin loved guns. Also, the schemer and visionary that he is, he seriously believed that power lies at the barrel of a gun. Meaning, by having more guns he would have absolute power.”
Robbery Rampage - Botak Chin
On June 2, 1975, the robbery rampage began. Flashing and waving their guns, the gang sprung upon an illegal gambling den in Sentul and made off with RM5,800.
Botak Chin put the loot to good use by visiting his gun runners in Thailand. He returned armed with eight pistols and 100 rounds of ammunition.
Then, just a month later, on July 20, the gang robbed the Bank of Tokyo on Jalan Imbi and fled with RM95,000. On the way back, to put icing on the cake, they ambushed a group of mahjong players inside a Chinese temple in Jalan Kolam Ayer and fled with another RM10,000. The gang was having a field day.
Naturally, all that foray alarmed the city police. They launched a counter attack. The man chosen to stop and haul down the gang was Deputy Superintendent (DSP) S. Kulasingam, a hulk of a man who headed the Serious Crime Section. Thus, began a running battle between Kulasingam and Botak Chin. There would be only one outcome.
Police acted swiftly. On Sept 25, 1975, they shot and killed one of his right hand men, Chau Kuan @ Ah Kuan at a sundry shop on Jalan Kovil Hilir, Sentul. Undeterred, Botak Chin hit back.
A month later, on Oct 26, he gunned down a security guard who was delivering money to a turf club. His haul that time was RM280,000 — his biggest ever catch. Three more heists followed.
Kulasingam and his men retaliated by gunning down seven of Botak Chin’s men. Bristling with anger, the gangster chief decided that “Kula” had to die.
Botak Chin and a couple of his honchos riding in their green Datsun 120Y
On the night of Nov 22, Botak Chin and a couple of his honchos riding in their green Datsun 120Y tailed Kulasingam’s car. On reaching the traffic lights at Jalan Davis-Jalan Pekeliling, they drew alongside the crimebuster’s car and rained 11 shots at their prey.
They were pretty poor marksmen as none of the shots that hit Kulasingam were fatal. Bloodied but still alive, the tough policeman drove his car to the Cheras police station. Kulasingam survived but for Botak Chin, that action sealed his fate. He became a dead man walking.
Kenny narrates: “Police quickly formed a special hit squad after that. I was drafted into the team together with DSP Gilbert Ang, ASP M. Rajalingam, ASP Lim Meng Aw, ASP Chua Leng Kee, Inspector Bawandi Hiralal, Inspector Pong Kim Hock, Detective Sergeant Chong Kam Hwa and Detective Corporal Leong See Fook.
“The media dubbed us ‘The Magnificent 12’ but I prefer to call ourselves the ‘Dirty Dozen’ because for two weeks after Tuan Kula was hit, the team worked day and night without bathing, shaving or changing our clothes in order to get information on where Botak Chin was hiding. So we were all quite dirty.”
On Feb 16, 1976, they hit paydirt. Botak Chin and several senior gang members were tracked to Eng Leong sawmill on Jalan Ipoh.
Kenny continued: “We cordoned off the sawmill with 120 Federal Reserve troops and 60 Police Field Force personnel. Nobody could get in or out of the place.
“At about 8pm, I drove my car into the sawmill area. With me were Rajalingam and Bawandi. We immediately went to the back of the sawmill to cut off the escape route. Others in the team went into the place in two cars for a frontal assault.
“However, just as Rajalingam, Bawandi and I got out of our car, we were spotted by two men. One of them, who had two guns, fired at me. Luckily for me I had turned quickly and the bullets ricocheted off the back of my bulletproof vest. I had bought the vest with my own money.”
As soon as Kenny fell to the ground he heard a soft thud near him.
“I knew that it was a grenade… but there was nothing I could do except just keep still and pray. I counted to eight because it takes eight seconds for a grenade to explode. After eight seconds and nothing happened, I knew the grenade must be a dud.
“I immediately got on to my knees and fired my Sterling sub machine gun at the two men. My Sterling carries 20 bullets in one magazine. I emptied three magazines at them. I then shouted to Rajalingam and Bawandi for more ammo and they threw two more magazines at me. I emptied both. Altogether, I fired 100 bullets at the two men. Both died.”
After the skirmish ended, Kenny Woodworth walked up to the dead men and identified them as Pangkor Chai and Sakai Chai.
“One of my bullets had shot Pangkor Chai in the left eye. Both bullet and eyeball were lodged in his mouth,” Kenny recalled grimly.
He continued: “We entered the sawmill to look for Botak Chin. We found him bleeding and hiding in the storeroom. Apparently the bullets I had fired pierced the wooden walls and hit him in the arms and legs and he crawled into the storeroom.”
On June 11, 1981, five years after his capture, Botak Chin was hanged at Pudu Prison.
But even now, Kenny bears no ill feelings towards the man he had shot and captured.
“When he was charged in court, I even advised him not to plead guilty. I said to him, let them do their work because you have your rights.
“I said that to Botak Chin because we are both professionals.”
Kenny retired from the police force in 1988 as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). He said he has relatives living in Australia, the United Kingdom and America.
“But I don’t want to go there. Malaysia is my country, my home,” he said with a sense of finality.
The writer is a former editor with the New Straits Times
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Botak Chin Profile
Botak Chin Wong Swee Chin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wong.
Wong Swee Chin, known professionally as Botak Chin (3 March 1951–11 June 1981) was one of the most notorious and dangerous gangsters during the 1960s and 1970s in Malaysia. He and his friend Kevin Yee Kai Kit were known for conducting armed robberies, which in a few cases involved huge amounts of cash. He was respected by the Chinese community and often regarded as modern-age Robin Hood, as some say he shared the cash from the robberies with the poor. On the evening of 16 February 1976, he was captured by the police, and was executed on 11 June 1981 in Pudu Prison.
Botak Chin Profile
Name : Wong Swee Chin
D.O.B : 3 March 1951, Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died 11 June 1981 (age 30), Pudu Prison, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cause of death Execution by hanging
Nationality : Malaysian
Criminal status : Sentence fulfilled on 11 June 1981
Criminal charge : Armed robbery
Penalty : Death penalty
Botak Chin Early life
Botak Chin Early life
Botak Chin was born in Kuala Lumpur in 3 March 1951 to a family of 10 siblings. His father worked with Malayan Railways, and as a child he lived at the Malaysian Railway quarters adjacent to the Caltex station on Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur. He studied at a Chinese vernacular primary school and then went on to attend the Methodist Boys’ Secondary School in Sentul until Form 3. After dropping out from school, Botak Chin worked as a fishmonger at the market at Jalan Tun Ismail (formerly known as Maxwell Road). After his mother’s death, he often spent time away from home, with his friends who were the local hoodlums that eventually led him to commit petty crimes.
He joined a gang named Gang 360 (Sak Pak Lok), and he was impressed by the firearms possessed by the gang members. On 19 April 1969, Botak Chin and two of his friends took part in a robbery for the first time. At the age of 18, he proudly own his first firearm, a .22 calibre revolver. He then formed his own gang shortly thereafter and proceeded to engage in robbery sprees.
Botak Chin - A Crime sprees
Botak Chin engaged in eight robberies within a month in 1969. This led to his first arrest; he was convicted and sentenced to prison for 7 years. He was released before serving out his sentence and resolved to retire from gangsterism. However, his attempt to become clean and work as a grocer was unsatisfying financially; and he returned to crime. This reference doesn’t actually say he worked as a grocer so take it with a grain of salt.
He formed a gang with Ng Cheng Wong (aka Ah Wong), Beh Kok Chin (aka Pangkor Chai) and Teh Bok Lay (aka Seh Chai) and bought some firearms in Thailand. On 2 June 1975, the gang robbed RM 5,800 from an illegal gambling den in Sentul. With the income from that robbery, Botak Chin “reinvested in his business” – he returned to Thailand and bought another eight firearms along with 100 rounds of ammunition.
The gang used a vacant tin mine in Kepong as their shooting range, using stray dogs for target practice. There were also reports that Botak Chin used to openly brandish his weapons at the Sentul market but nobody dared to inform the police as they were afraid of being victimised by Botak Chin or his gang. On 20 July 1975, now with even more so-called “tools of trade” (the new firearms), the gang became more ambitious and bellicose. They robbed a bank on Jalan Imbi and fled with RM95,000, and then gunned down several mahjong players inside a Chinese temple in Jalan Kolam Ayer and made off with an additional RM10,000. Using his share from the robberies, he bought a luxury car.
Owing to the growing terror in Kuala Lumpur, the police stepped up their fight against Botak Chin. Deputy Superintendent S. Kulasingam (a much-feared high-ranking police officer at his time, nicknamed the ‘Crime Buster of Kuala Lumpur’) was assigned to stop Botak Chin. His need for firearms and ammunition grew to conduct more robberies, as well as to conduct gun battles with the police and feuds with rival gangs. Moreover, his gang influence had to expand and his position as a gang leader had to be strengthened. Filled with desperation, he even targeted policemen.
In one particular case, he attacked three policemen and confiscated their pistols. Botak Chin made frequent trips to Thailand not only to procure illegal firearms, but also to obtain protective talisman (called tangkal) from Siamese (locally called bomoh Siam or bomoh Thai) black magicians (shamans). It was rumoured that he managed to successfully evade capture, survive and escape from numerous gun battles with the police because the Phra Pidta talisman he obtained from a Siamese shaman yielded supernatural powers.
During a shootout with the police in Segambut Dalam, Botak Chin’s car was riddled with multiple bullets. Miraculously, however, he escaped unscathed. This led people to speculate that the talisman he was wearing made him invulnerable to bullets, knives and even poison. Some even believed that he could become invisible at will, gave him superhuman powers, thus escaping unseen. Botak Chin grew more fearless and even more determined to pursue his desire for more power in the underworld. Even when one of his right hand men, Chau Kuan (aka Ah Kuan) was shot dead at a sundry shop at Jalan Kovil Hilir on 25 September 1975, his gang operations were not crippled, nor was he demoralised.
Botak Chin’s gang biggest exploit occurred on 26 October 1975, when the gang fled with RM218,000 after gunning down a security guard who was delivering money to a turf club. With his share of approximately RM40,000 from the robbery, he made yet another trip to Thailand to purchase even more weapons: a total of 19 guns, 5 hand grenades and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Although things were getting better for Botak Chin and his men, his rivals became even more envious of his accomplishments, leading to an increase in confrontations between him, rival factions, and competing gangs.
To consolidate his power as the supreme gangster in Kuala Lumpur, Botak Chin focused his attention towards gang wars. In one major war at a disused tin mine in Jinjang, one of his rivals, Tua Pui Lek, the head of the Five Finger Mountain gang who had sworn to sabotage Botak Chin and take over his position, failed to achieve his ultimate objective; the most that he managed was to murder Botak Chin’s right-hand man, Ah Wong.
The police gained some success where one of his trusted lieutenants, Seh Chai, killed himself when he was surrounded by the police on Jalan Alor. Early in 1976, Botak Chin recruited new members into his gang. After the recruitment, his gang conducted 3 robberies and escaped with RM400,000. In spite of the successes, the gang suffered heavy casualties. Seven of his men were shot dead and a few others were caught. The police confiscated 15 firearms, along with ammunition and hand grenades.
Botak Chin - Arrest and prosecution
Arrest and prosecution
On 16 February 1976, the police captured Botak Chin at the Eng Leong sawmill. He miraculously survived despite being seriously wounded with six gunshot wounds. According to the news report by the New Straits Times, he was set up by two of his own henchmen, Pang Kok Chye and Ah Keong. Botak Chin told the High Court that on the 16th, he was at the Tiong Nam settlement between 7pm and 8pm when Pang Kok Chye and Ah Keong came to see him. They told him that two people required help and wanted to meet with him. Botak Chin then followed his men by car to the Jalan Ipoh sawmill to meet the two people.
He went into the sawmill and sat on a chair for 15 minutes before asking Pang Kok Chye and Ah Keong regarding the whereabouts of the men they were supposed to meet. He then proceeded to make a telephone call. Afterwards, as he was replacing the receiver, a shootout started outside the mill. He then felt agony all over his body and became weak and giddy. He fell onto the floor before realising that he had been shot. Botak Chin claimed that during the shooting, Pang Kok Chye and Ah Keong ran to the back of the mill. Then, when the shooting stopped, something was thrown into building, filling the room with smoke. He had difficulty breathing and became unconscious.
The next time he regained consciousness, he found himself hospitalised. Botak Chin denied being involved in the robberies he had conducted and claimed that other robbers used his name as an alias. However, a senior police officer testified in court that Botak Chin was conscious during his arrest. Botak Chin allegedly told the police officers who arrested him that if he was not injured in his arms he would have shot and killed many of them. Botak Chin apparently said, “Kalau saya punya due tangan tidak jem, saya sudah tembak. Lu nasib baik.” (If I could shoot, I would have done so. You were just lucky.)
Upon Botak Chin’s capture, rumours about his alleged invincibility began circulating. Superstitious individuals believed that the police was able to wound and apprehend Botak Chin because, on that day, he left home without wearing his talisman. Another belief is that the police went to Thailand to obtain the assistance of Botak Chin’s shaman so as to defeat him. According to newspaper reports, at the time of capture, Botak Chin carried a green cloth with Siamese writings and a plastic green purse containing a note book. Moreover, he wore 3 talismans – one around his neck and 2 more around his waist. Apparently Botak Chin protested when the police wanted to remove the talismans, saying “Ini saya punya tokong” (This is my temple).
A plethora of valuable accessories including a Rolex watch, a gold chain with 2 pendants and a jade gold ring were found on him. His wallet contained RM231, HK$10, 50 pieces of Japanese “banana” notes, some Thai Bahts, and a photograph of two women.
On 12 May 1980, Chin, who was 27 years old at that time, faced 3 charges under the Internal Security Act at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. The News Straits Times reported that he denied possessing firearms or ammunition, as well as ownership of two pouches of bullets which were found in his pockets during the sawmill incident. He claimed that he did not know how they got into his pockets.
However, he pleaded guilty to the ISA charges and became the first Malaysian to do so. He was sentenced to death by the High Court in the same year. On 1 January 1981, while on death row, he made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from his cell in Pudu Prison; he stabbed several prison wardens but was seriously injured during the struggle. Botak Chin was finally executed at 3 a.m. on 11 June 1981, in the same prison. Ironically, none of the charges were murder; he was sentenced to death solely for the possession of firearms, a capital offence.
Before Chin’s execution, his lawyer appealed to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for a retrial. The appeal was accepted, but Chin was still found guilty. He appealed to the Supreme Court of Malaysia and Pardons Board, both of which were constituted under the Federal Constitution, but both organisations rejected the appeals.
Botak Chin Personal Life
Dr. Mahadevan, the former director of Tanjung Rambutan Mental Hospital in Perak, treated Botak Chin for 19 days to determine if he was adequately sane to stand trial. He found Botak Chin to be highly intelligent – but a “misguided genius”.
At the mental hospital Botak Chin told Dr. Mahadevan that since he was a young boy he had always wanted to help the poor and down-trodden. He wanted to protect them from corrupt officials and gangsters who extorted money from the poor and weak. Botak Chin revealed that he was once brutally attacked by gangsters who entered his vegetable stall at the market and tried to extort money from him, failing which, they beat him until his collar bone was fractured.
This incident changed his life. Botak Chin then started to learn martial arts and joined a gang for protection. He also encouraged people to join his secret society so that they would not be harmed and exploited. Members of his secret society had to swear not to take advantage of the poor, cut their hair short and not take drugs. He further told Dr. Mahadevan that in his hometown people regarded him as Robin Hood because he robbed from the rich and gave a considerable amount of the spoils to the poor.
Apparently, part of the loot went to his gang and part of it went to the family of those members who were killed or caught by the police. This possibly explains why he managed, time and time again, to hide and gain refuge in the squatter settlements when pursued by the police – with the goodwill he had with the poor, the community were helping him escape. He was their hero.
Botak Chin was no ordinary gangster. His secret society was guided by his philosophy and governed by strict principles and guidelines. Everyone, including himself, had to comply. To enforce discipline among his troops and keep order in the gang, he had executed henchmen who had breached the rules. He was not a killer, he was their taiko (Cantonese saying, meaning ‘big brother’) and he was just doing his job, he told Dr. Mahadevan.
Having built a reputation of reverence among society as Robin Hood, people, especially the lower classes, treated him as such. During his stay at the hospital, patients offered to wash his clothes and perform chores for him.
Although Botak Chin never married, he had plenty of female admirers. Dr Mahadevan said he would get calls from women inquiring about Botak Chin when he was at the hospital. Dr Mahadevan said that Botak Chin was rushed back to Kuala Lumpur when a bullet was found in his high security hospital cell because it appeared that his men were coming to help him escape.
During his final days, he sought solace in various religions. While it was his dying wish was to donate his organs for medical purposes, this request was rejected as he had not signed a written consent.
Botak Chin Tak Takut Mati
KL Gangster – SEBUT sahaja nama Botak Chin, ramai yang beranggapan pemilik nama itu seorang yang berkepala botak dan mempunyai rupa paras bengis. Tambahan pula, nama individu itu termasuk dalam senarai penjenayah yang pernah menggemparkan negara kerana keganasan kejam yang dilakukannya.
Ramai yang tidak tahu nama sebenar Botak Chin adalah Wong Swee Chin. Dia dilahirkan pada 1951 di Kuala Lumpur dan mempunyai 10 orang adik-beradik. Botak Chin mendapat pendidikan rendah di sebuah sekolah rendah jenis kebangsaan (Cina) di Sentul sebelum menyambung pelajaran di sebuah sekolah menengah Inggeris, dia hanya belajar sehingga usia 15 tahun sebelum berhenti.
Dalam usia yang masih mentah, Botak Chin mengambil upah sebagai pembantu di pasar borong di Jalan Tun Ismail selama setahun dan ketika itu pergaulannya bertambah luas. Walaupun cuba menjalani kehidupan biasa, Botak Chin pernah dibelasah oleh ahli kongsi gelap gara-gara tidak mahu membayar wang perlindungan.
Peristiwa itu mengubah kelakuan dan sikapnya, dia tekad memajukan diri dan mula belajar ilmu seni mempertahankan diri, misinya adalah untuk membantu dan membela mereka yang teraniaya. Dalam masa yang sama, dia cukup berhati-hati mencari rakan yang sangat dipercayai.
Wong Swee Chin atau Botak Chin Agak keterlaluan apabila Botak Chin menganggap dirinya Robin Hood moden kerana sikapnya yang sering membantu golongan miskin dan teraniaya, dia kemudian terlibat dalam sebuah kongsi gelap dalam usia belasan tahun.
Kumpulan pertamanya adalah Geng 360. Tingkah laku Botak Chin berubah setelah bergaul dengan orang yang lebih dewasa daripadanya, dia lebih matang dan berani jika dibandingkan dengan remaja seusianya.
Setelah kematian ibunya, Botak Chin semakin liar, dia lebih gemar melepak dan tidur di rumah rakan-rakannya, dia turut melakukan jenayah kecil-kecilan bersama rakannya seperti mencuri, mengugut dan sebagainya.
Seronok lakukan jenayah
Botak Chin berasa seronok dengan aktiviti jenayah itu, dia mula merangka untuk melakukan jenayah yang lebih besar dengan menggunakan senjata api.
Pada 19 April 1969, Botak Chin melakukan rompakan bersenjata pertamanya bersama tiga rakannya. Sungguhpun Botak Chin tidak mempunyai senjata sendiri, rompakan itu berjalan lancar kerana dua rakannnya memiliki pistol.
Botak Chin kemudian berhasrat untuk menubuhkan kumpulan sendiri setelah dia memperoleh senjata pertamanya iaitu pistol 22 revolver. Dia tidak mahu berada di bawah orang lagi dan mahu bergerak bebas.
Percubaannya itu berjaya mengumpul beberapa lagi rakan lain menyertai kumpulan baharu itu. Botak Chin juga meletakkan beberapa syarat dan peraturan yang mesti dipatuhi sama seperti kumpulan kongsi gelap lain.
Ahli kumpulan Botak Chin tidak dibenarkan mengambil dadah dan menganiaya orang miskin, walaupun nampak ‘baik’ dia tidak teragak-agak untuk membunuh ahlinya sendiri yang melanggar syarat dan derhaka.
Botak Chin semakin aktif dan bebas melakukan jenayah, dia melakukan lapan rompakan dalan tempoh beberapa bulan sahaja selepas penubuhan kumpulan itu.
Kekerapan kumpulan itu melakukan jenayah menyebabkan polis menyiasat kes itu dengan lebih agresif dan teliti. Maklumat yang diperoleh, polis berjaya mengenalpasti Botak Chin adalah dalangnya.
Polis menunggu masa yang sesuai untuk memberkas Botak Chin dan konco-konconya, jika tidak dihalang lebih banyak lagi jenayah berat akan dilakukan oleh kumpulan itu dan secara tidak langsung ia akan mengganggu keselamatan awam.
Botak Chin ditangkap
Polis berjaya menjejaki dan menumpaskan kumpulan itu, Botak Chin akhirnya ditangkap dan seterusnya menyaksikan kumpulan yang baharu ditubuhkannya terkubur begitu sahaja. Berdasarkan kepada maklumat dan bukti kesalahan yang dilakukan, Botak Chin tidak terlepas daripada hukuman atas jenayah yang dilakukannya, dia didapati bersalah dan dijatuhi hukuman penjara tujuh tahun.
Botak Chin dibebaskan daripada penjara pada tahun 1974, dia cuba mengubah kehidupan seperti orang lain dan tidak mahu terjebak dalam dunia jenayah. Kesungguhan awalnya dilihat dengan sanggup bekerja sebagai penjual sayur. Bagaimanapun, kesungguhan itu tidak bertahan lama kerana Botak Chin tidak sanggup hidup dalam kesempitan dan kekurangan wang, keinginannya untuk mendapatkan kekayaan dengan cepat dan pantas sukar dibendung.
Botak Chin berjaya ditahan dan kumpulan yang baru ditubuhkan olehnya itu terkubur begitu sahaja. Botak Chin kemudian sekali lagi mengumpul ahli-ahli yang boleh dipercayai. Pada April 1975, ahli kumpulan pertama yang ditubuhnya iaitu Teh Bok Lay (Seh Chai), Ng Cheng Wong (Ah Wong) dan Beh Kok Chin (Pangkor Chai) telah bebas dari penjara.
Langkah pertama Botak Chin adalah mendapatkan senjata api bagi menjayakan segala perancangannya yang dirangka. Sebulan kemudian, dia telah ke Thailand untuk urusan mendapatkan senjata api melalui bantuan seorang rakannya. Setelah beroleh senjata, Botak Chin tidak menunggu lama apabila membuat rompakan di sebuah pusat perjudian haram di Sentul pada 2 Jun 1975. Mereka berjaya memperoleh hasil sebanyak RM5,800. Hasil rompakan pertama itu disimpan, diagih-agihkan atau digunakan untuk bersuka ria.
Botak Chin mempunyai perancangan yang lebih besar dan dia memerlukan wang untuk menjayakannya. Duit rompakan itu juga digunakan untuk membeli lebih banyak senjata api, Botak Chin sekali lagi pergi ke Thailand untuk membeli lapan senjata api.
Pembelian senjata api berkenaan menjadikan penjenayah itu menambah 11 koleksi senjata selain memiliki 100 butir peluru.
Sebagai langkah persediaan dalam memahirkan diri menggunakan senjata itu, Botak Chin menjadikan satu kawasan lombong sebagai lapangan untuk berlatih, dia menjadikan anjing-anjing liar di kawasan itu sebagai sasaran tembakannya.
Serang kereta pegawai polis
Pada 20 Julai 1975, kumpulan penjenayah itu melakukan satu rompakan bank di Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Mereka melarikan RM95,000, jumlah itu kemudian dibahagikan kepada ahlinya sebanyak RM25,000 seorang.
Belum reda kes rompakan bank, Botak Chin melakukan rompakan di sebuah rumah ibadat di Jalan Kolam Ayer sebagai sasarannya. Kumpulan itu hanya merompak beberapa pemain mahjung dan bukan keseluruhan orang ramai yang berada di situ.
Kumpulan penjenayah itu melarikan wang tunai sebanyak RM10,000, barang kemas dan beberapa barangan berharga. Pihak polis mempergiatkan lagi operasi memburunya. Dalam usaha membanteras kumpulan itu, Timbalan Ketua Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur pada ketika itu, Deputi Superintendan S Kulasingam diberi tanggungjawab mengetuai pasukan untuk memburu Botak Chin.
Timbalan Ketua Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur pada ketika itu, Deputi Superintendan S Kulasingam. Botak Chin menjadikan Kulasingam sebagai sasaran apabila kumpulan itu melepaskan 18 das tembakan ke kereta pegawai polis yang berhenti di lampu isyarat Jalan Davis- Jalan Pekeliling pada 22 November 1975.
Kulasingam terselamat daripada serangan itu apabila terus memandu ke Balai Polis Cheras yang berada tidak jauh dari lokasi kejadian. Pegawai polis itu cedera ringan akibat terkena satu das tembakan.
Botak Chin Akhirnya Tumpas
Pemburuan Botak Chin sampai kemuncak apabila polis mengesan kumpulan itu di sebuah kilang papan di Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. Pada malam 16 Februari 1976, polis mengepung kawasan itu sebelum kemunculan Botak Chin. Sebuah kereta Mazda yang dinaiki tiga lelaki termasuk Botak Chin yang bersenjata api dan bom tangan tiba di kilang itu. Beberapa pengikutnya berkawal di luar kilang manakala Botak Chin, Pangkor Chai dan Hiew Foo Khen (Ah Keong) berada di dalam pejabat.
Empat pasukan menggempur masuk ke kawasan kilang menyebabkan pertempuran antara polis dan kumpulan penjenayah itu meletus. Pasukan polis melepaskan kira-kira 500 tembakan selain menggunakan gas pemedih mata. Pangkor Chai dan Ah Keong maut dalam kejadian itu manakala Botak Chin cedera terkena tembakan di kaki dan tangan kanannya.
Botak Chin akhirnya menyerah diri kepada polis. Dia ditahan selama setahun dan menjadi tertuduh pertama mengaku bersalah atas dakwaan memiliki senjata api dan peluru mengikut Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) yang membawa hukuman mati mandatori. Botak Chin ada membuat rayuan hingga ke peringkat Privy Council dan dia dibicarakan semula pada 1 April 1980. Namun Botak Chin tetap didapati bersalah pada 16 Mei 1980. Rayuannya yang dibuat di Mahkamah Persekutuan dan Lembaga Pengampunan juga ditolak.
Pada waktu Subuh 11 Jun 1981, Botak Chin dihukum gantung di Penjara Pudu pada usia 28 tahun.
Botak Chin Penjenayah Paling DiKejam dan Dikehendaki
PADA akhir 1970-an dan era awal 1980-an, nama penjenayah berbahaya, Wong Swee Chin atau lebih dikenali sebagai Botak Chin sering menjadi sebutan. Bahkan jika kanak-kanak terlalu nakal atau degil, mereka kerap diumpamakan ‘jahat seperti Botak Chin’. Begitulah gambaran betapa nama Botak Chin sering menjadi perbandingan sehinggalah namanya semakin lenyap dalam ingatan selepas nafas terakhirnya menemui noktah di tali gantung di Penjara Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
Bayangkan, berapa ramai pegawai dan anggota polis yang menjadi korban untuk membanteras kegiatan jenayah dan menangkap Botak Chin sehinggalah dia dipenjarakan dan disabit kesalahan yang membawa hukuman gantung sampai mati. Huru-hara yang dicetuskan Botak Chin tidak pernah berakhir walaupun sudah dikurung di sebalik jeriji besi dan ditempatkan di sel banduan akhir yang menunggu masa menjalani hukuman gantung.
Akibat sekatan dan pergerakannya terhad, Botak Chin mempunyai sasaran baru. Sebelum mati, dia mahu mencetuskan huru-hara terakhir dengan sasaran mahu membunuh sekurang-kurangnya dua orang anggota atau pegawai penjara. Sasaran paling mudah ialah wadar atau kakitangan Penjara Pudu yang memang diakui cukup berisiko kerana di situlah ditempatkan semua penjenayah tegar termasuk perompak, pembunuh, perogol dan juga komunis.
Detik 1 Januari 1981 cukup diingati Penguasa Penjara Pusat Koreksional Kamunting, Perak, Turedy Abdullah yang pernah bertempur dengan Botak Chin di dalam bilik kecil di Penjara Pudu sehinggalah kedua-duanya cedera parah. Ketika itu, Turedy berusia 21 tahun dan sebagai wadar penjara yang baru, beliau ditugaskan mengiringi Botak Chin. Pada awal tahun baru 1981, berlakunya peristiwa ngeri yang hampir meragut nyawa Turedy bersama dua lagi rakan setugas, Sarjan Abdullah Ahmad dan Koperal Abdul Rafar Manaf.
Turedy baru dua tahun bertugas manakala Abdullah sudah hampir mencecah usia persaraan dan kerap keluar masuk ke hospital kerana kurang sihat akibat penyakit kencing manis. Rafar yang berusia awal 40-an pula dianggap sebagai senior yang cukup berpengalaman.
Mengikut rutin harian banduan akhir, setiap pagi mereka wajib mengangkut tong najis yang ditempatkan di sel masing-masing untuk dibersihkan sebelum mereka dibenarkan mandi, bersenam dan masuk semula ke dalam sel. Di lorong bilik banduan akhir, Botak Chin mendapat perhatian istimewa kerana dia adalah banduan pertama akan dibenarkan keluar sel untuk membersihkan tong najis dan bersenam. Selepas dia selesai, barulah banduan lain akan dibawa keluar. Dia cuma dibenarkan keluar sel sejam sehari dan terpaksa menghabiskan baki masa 23 jam di dalam sel. Dia tidak dibenarkan bercampur dengan banduan lain untuk mengelak kejadian tidak diingini.
“Pada pagi itu, apabila kunci sel dibuka, beberapa wadar mengiringi Botak Chin. Apabila sampai ke kawasan bilik air, dia mula membersihkan tong dan mesti balik semula ke dalam sel dalam tempoh beberapa minit saja.
“Ketika membersihkan tong najis, dia mengeluarkan senjata tajam yang disorok di dalam tong najis. Tiada siapa menyangka dia menyimpan senjata tajam di situ dan dia terus menikam Pak Lah (Sarjan Abdullah),” kata Turedy memulakan bicara.
Akibat dua tikaman tepat ke dada, Pak Lah terus tumbang dan Koperal Ghafar yang tergamam dengan tindakan Botak Chin itu juga ditikam beberapa kali dan rebah berhampiran. “Dia ini macam harimau. Dia akan serang lawan yang paling lemah. Sebab itulah dia tikam Pak Lah,” kata Turedy. Turedy yang berada agak jauh daripada mereka berdua terkejut dan cuba menyelamatkan rakan setugas. Ketika itulah Botak Chin mengancam beliau dengan mengatakan ‘I want to kill you’ (saya akan bunuh awak).
“Saya kata, cubalah. Saya juga akan bunuh awak. Apabila melihat Sarjan dan Koperal sudah berlumuran darah, perasaan takut terus hilang dan semangat saya tiba-tiba memuncak. Di dalam hati, saya katakan, ini soal hidup atau mati. Sama ada dia atau saya yang akan mati.
“Dia memang kuat dan lasak, tetapi ketika itu saya juga masih muda dan ada sedikit ilmu silat untuk mempertahankan diri. Beberapa kali dia cuba menikam saya dengan besi tajam sepanjang tiga inci tetapi saya sempat mengelak,” katanya.
Di satu sudut bilik kecil yang dianggarkan seluas 10 kaki persegi itu, Turedy ternampak batang penyapu moop lantai. Itulah senjata yang digunakan untuk mempertahankan diri dan menyerang Botak Chin. Beliau mengakui Botak Chin memang handal dalam seni mempertahankan diri ala Kung Fu dan beberapa kali mukanya nyaris terkena sepakan lutut Botak Chin.
Namun, Turedey juga cekap mengesan kelemahan lawan kerana berdasarkan rekod, Botak Chin pernah patah tangan kiri ketika bertempur dengan polis sebelum ini. Jadi, beliau kerap menyerang di bahagian itu untuk melemahkan lawan dan mencederakan kepalanya.
“Kami bertempur dalam masa hampir 10 minit. Saya berjaya memukul kepalanya beberapa kali termasuk menggunakan bekas air mop. Kepalanya berdarah dan dia tumbang ke lantai.
“Saya sangkakan dia sudah pengsan kerana langsung tidak bergerak. Tetapi saya silap kerana dia cuma berpura-pura pengsan. Ketika saya membongkok untuk mengangkat Pak Lah, dia bangun dan menikam belakang saya beberapa kali.
“Satu tikaman tepat ke tulang belakang, satu terkena pada buah pinggang kiri dan saya terus jatuh bersama Pak Lah. Botak Chin juga jatuh kerana cedera parah dan hilang banyak darah,” kata Turedy yang merangkak keluar dari bilik air untuk meminta bantuan.
Selepas merangkak hampir 100 meter sehingga ke pos pengawal terdekat, barulah pasukan bantuan menyerbu ke bilik air tadi untuk menyelamatkan dua rakan mereka dan menahan semula Botak Chin.
Ketika pasukan bantuan masuk, Botak Chin yang sudah lemah sekali lagi berlakon seolah-olah pengsan dan melumurkan darah ke seluruh muka dan badannya dengan tujuan mengelak daripada terus dibelasah. Beberapa anggota bantuan menguis badan Botak Chin yang terbaring di lantai tetapi langsung tidak bergerak sehingga dia ditahan semula dan dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) untuk rawatan.
Akibat serangan itu, Turedy terlantar di katil HKL selama dua minggu dan kesan tikaman di tulang belakang menyebabkan beliau tidak mampu berdiri tegak ataupun mengangkat barangan berat sehinggalah ke hari ini.
Disangkakan, selepas Botak Chin ditahan semula, kes itu akan berakhir tetapi malangnya, Turedy terus menjadi sasaran pengikut penjenayah itu yang berada di luar penjara. Selepas dibenarkan keluar hospital, Turedy pernah dua kali menerima surat ugutan bunuh yang dihantar ke kediamannya di berek bujang, Kompleks Penjara Pudu.
“Surat itu ditulis dengan darah. Mereka ugut nak bunuh saya. Surat kedua itu juga ditulis dengan darah bersama sebutir peluru. Atas faktor keselamatan, polis melarang saya keluar dari kompleks penjara selama beberapa bulan,” katanya.
Hingga kini, Turedy yang mencecah usia 55 tahun dan berpengalaman selama 36 tahun berkhidmat dengan Jabatan Penjara mengakui tidak pernah berdepan dengan mana-mana banduan yang dianggap cukup ganas seperti Botak Chin.
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