Mamat Ayam
Born ca. 1875

January 20, 1925(1925-01-20) (aged 50)
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Cause of death Shot by police
Attack information
Date January 20, 1925
12 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Location(s) Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Killed 4
Injured 9
Weapon(s) Spear

Mamat Ayam was a Malay who killed four people and wounded nine others in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia on January 20, 1925, before being shot dead by police.

At about midnight that day Ayam, who was described as a morose and jealous man of about 50 years, first killed his wife, and then set fire to their house in the Tanjong quarter of the city. When his neighbours rushed to help and extinguish the flames he stabbed at them with a spear, leaving two of them dead at the scene.

Ayam remained in the building until the fire drove him out into the street, where he continued his rampage and attacked the people fleeing from the spreading blaze with a sword until he himself was seriously injured in the scuffle. He then escaped and hid under a house, but at around 3 a.m. was discovered by police and immediately shot dead, since the sultan had ordered him to be killed at sight.

Those wounded were four men, four women, a three-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. One of the wounded men later died in hospital. Due to the fire 19 houses and two mosques burned to the ground.[1]


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