Penang rampage: Bodyguard was on first day of job


GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard who went on a rampage at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Thursday, killing three and injuring five others, was on the first day of his job for his new boss, Ong Teik Kwong, The Star reported.

It was reported that the 37-year-old gunman had recited some prayers before pulling out his firearm and shooting Ong first at the back of his head before shooting others in several minutes of madness.

The Star identified the dead as:

  • Ong Teik Kwong, 32, a businessman who was shot in the back of the head.
  • Senthil Murugiah, 38, florist, shot in the chest.
  • Choi Hon Ming, 32, a professional clown, shot in the chest.

The injured were:

  • Mohamad Amirul Amin, 28, part time RTM cameraman, shot in the chest. His condition is said to be stable.
  • Nurul Huda Abdul Aziz, 38, TNB assistant manager in Bayan Baru, shot in the chest. Condition stable
  • Lim Boon Leng, 32, Ong’s driver suffered head injuries after being pistol whipped. He is currently under remand.
  • Arivarni Krishnan, 33, formerly a doctor at Penang Hospital. She is said to be in stable condition.
  • Lee Hong Boon, 56.

The Star reported that the bodyguard had only been interviewed for the job a day earlier after he was recommended by his younger brother, who has also been working as the businessman’s bodyguard for the past one year.

A friend of the late businessman, Jason Mah, told The Star that Ong was driving his BMW while Lim Boon Leng, was seated in the front passenger seat. The bodyguard was seated behind.

It was reported that an argument broke out in the car. The bodyguard then recited a prayer before he shot Ong in the back of the car, before turning towards Lim who was pistol-whipped.

Mah told The Star Lim ran out of the car, with the bodyguard chasing him. This was when the bodyguard started firing off several shots, hitting passers-by.

It was also reported that after the mayhem ended, the bodyguard remained at the scene where he was arrested.

Both the bodyguard and the Lim have been remanded for a week to facilitate investigations.

Speaking in Penang yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had said that initial investigations revealed the bodyguard may be suffering from mental problems.