Debts drove 3 in family to commit suicide, claims son

Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohamad says family had taken a train from Sungai Petani to go to the mother’s village near Arau.

KANGAR: Three members of a family of four committed suicide by drowning in Sungai Arau on Wednesday as they were allegedly under tremendous pressure due to debts, it was claimed today.

They were a couple, aged 66 and 64, and their 35-year-old daughter, said Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohamad.

He said police learned about this from the fourth member of the family, the 37-year-old son of the couple.

The son was arrested in Taman Ria, Sungai Petani, last night.

Noor said the son told them he too had wanted to join the other members of his family but changed his mind.

“The trio had jumped into Sungai Arau after consuming poison,” Noor told reporters here today.

He said the son, who was unemployed, had returned to Sungai Petani by train from Arau yesterday morning.

The three family members had drowned between 8.35am and 12.10pm yesterday.

The father’s body was found at a sluice gate of Sungai Tambun Tulang in Simpang Empat, the mother’s in Sungai Tambun Tulang and their daughter’s in Sungai Arau, near Kampung Belat Batu.

Noor said the four of them had taken a train from Sungai Petani to Arau on Tuesday morning and then hailed a taxi to get to Kampung Bakong, which is the mother’s village.

The personal belongings of the trio, among them a ring, a mobile telephone, handbags, some clothes and medicines were found under a flyover of the Kuala Perlis-Changlun Expressway at 4.40pm yesterday, he said.

Police also found traces of people having slipped into the river at that point, he said, adding that the son had been remanded for four days to assist in the investigation into the case.