Suspect in Penang expressway shooting has history of mental problem

Businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwang's bodyguard and driver being brought to court over the shooting in Penang.
Businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwang's bodyguard and driver being brought to court over the shooting in Penang. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN - A bodyguard who allegedly shot dead his boss and two others on an expressway in Penang has a history of mental instability, it was reported on Friday (Dec 2).

"Our initial investigations show that the gunman has a mental problem. He also had previous military training and has a valid firearms licence," the New Straits Times quoted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as saying at a press conference.

The bodyguard, who is in his 40s and who worked for businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwang, 32, was arrested at the scene soon after the incident at 7.30pm on Thursday.

A second suspect, Mr Ong's driver who is also in his 40s, was arrested a few hours later, the newspaper said.

Both suspects have been remanded for seven days to assist in investigations.

 
 

The report, citing state police chief Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab, said the incident was triggered when Mr Ong discovered that his driver was intoxicated and unable to drive. He decided to take over from the driver while they were travelling on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway

But this led to an argument with the bodyguard who pulled out his weapon and opened fire, first aiming at Mr Ong and then shooting randomly, according to the report.

The first shots killed Mr Ong, while subsequent shots killed or injured nearby motorists, the report said.

The two other victims killed were Mr Senthil Murugiah, 38, and Mr Choi Hon Ming, 32, who were driving vehicles nearby.

Five others were injured, including a videographer from Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), Amirul Amin Mohamed Amer, who was hit by a stray bullet in his shoulder while riding his motorcyle along the expressway. The 28-year-old is reported to be in stable condition.