March 21, 1909
Tranum, Malaysia

Cause of death Shot by police
Attack information
Date March 21, 1909
4 p.m.
Location(s) Tranum, Malaysia
Killed 5
Injured 8
Weapon(s) Knife

Jaya was a Malay who killed five people and wounded eight others in Tranum, a village in Raub District, Malaysia on March 21, 1909, before being shot dead by police.[1]

At approximately 4 p.m. on that day Jaya, a native from Kedah who was about thirty to forty years of age, wanted to buy chandu opium at a shop in Tranum, but when the shop keeper refused to sell him more of the drug on credit he grabbed a big knife and randomly attacked people in the street, leaving dead a Malay, a Tamil, and three Chinese. He also wounded eight other people, most of them seriously, among them the wife and daughter of the Malay he had killed, as well as a man from Sri Lanka, and five Chinese, one who suffered a stab near the heart.[2][3]

Eventually Jaya was stopped by two or three police officers who fired several shots at him. Gravely wounded he attempted to commit suicide, but was disarmed before he could succeed. He died on his way to the hospital.[4]


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