Botak Chin KL Most Dangerous and Fearsome Gangster
You must have heard about the story of Botak Chin? Wong Swee Chin is a poor Chinese turned gangster and the most feared criminal in Kuala Lumpur. Everyone was afraid because he had killed several policemen and threatened public order. Follow the story here.
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Botak Chin was born in Kuala Lumpur on 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 Botak Chin 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, Botak Chin proudly owns his first firearm, a .22 caliber revolver. He then formed his own gang shortly thereafter and proceeded to engage in robbery sprees.
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.
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
Criminal status: Sentence fulfilled on 11 June 1981
Criminal charge: Armed robbery
Penalty: Death penalty
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On 12 May 1980, Botak 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 Botak Chin’s execution, his lawyer appealed to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for a retrial. The appeal was accepted, but Botak 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 organizations rejected the appeals.