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Arab Malaysian Bank founder killed in shooting
Publication Date : 30-07-2013
The Arab Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi was walking to his car with his wife as the usual lunch-hour crowd flocked to the stalls along Jalan Ceylon in the heart of Kuala Lumpur after negotiating a land deal at the nearby Kuan Yin temple.
The 75-year-old did not know that three killers were waiting for him. One of them opened fire, hitting him in the chest and lower abdomen. He died on the spot.
His 49-year-old Malaysian wife, Cheong Mei Kuen, was wounded in the arm.
She was rushed to the Tung Shin Hospital on Jalan Pudu before being transferred to the Prince Medical Court hospital on Jalan Tun Razak for surgery.
The assailants fled in a taxi.
Dang Wangi OCPD Assistant Commissioner Zainuddin Ahmad said CCTV footage showed the suspect wearing a long-sleeved chequered shirt and brown khaki pants.
“We believe three men were responsible for the attack.
“They escaped in a Proton Waja taxi,” he said, adding that the three, believed to be between 35 and 40 years old, had waited outside the temple while Najadi was negotiating the deal with his business partners.
“We are not ruling out any possibility,” said Zainuddin, adding that police had begun efforts to identify and track down the trio.
“We are confident the culprits will be brought to justice as soon as possible,” he said.
Najadi’s son Pascal, who spoke to The Star over the phone from Moscow, was shocked by the killing in broad daylight.
“How could this happen in the nation’s capital?
“This is not the Malaysia my father knew and loved, and the whole world will be watching to see how the authorities handle this case,” he said.
A waiter at one of the stalls said he was serving customers at about 1:50pm when the shooting occurred.
“I did not hear any loud sound or notice anything unusual.
“I was busy serving our usual lunch-hour crowd,” said the 45-year-old, who realised there had been a shooting only when police cars drove up with their sirens on.
The shooting on Jalan Ceylon comes on the heels of several shooting attacks in Peninsular Malaysia over the past week.
On Saturday, Malaysian crime watchdog MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan was shot by a man on a motorcycle in Bahau, Negri Sembilan.
On Sunday, Jasrafveen-deerjeet Singh from Tambun, Perak, was shot dead outside a restaurant in Ipoh.