GEORGE TOWN - A construction company worker and a locksmith stumbled upon a highly decomposed corpse when they went to inspect a foreclosed apartment unit in Tanjung Tokong.
The duo had gone to inspect the unit following instructions from the new owner who had bought it from a bank at an auction on Wednesday.
It is learnt that they were greeted by a strong stench when they broke into the unit at about 8pm on Friday, and found the corpse on a bed in one of the rooms.
Police, who were called to the scene, identified the deceased as Cheah Ewe Thye, 41, whose last known address was that unit.
They also found asthma medication. Cheah is believed to have been dead for months.
When contacted, George Town deputy OCPD Supt Ismail Toh Paduka Idris confirmed the case.
The apartment's security guard K. Thamby said he last saw Cheah, who lived alone, during Chinese New Year in February.
"He had been living there ever since I started working here four years ago. He was a quiet man and I only saw him going or coming back from work or dinner," said Thamby.
The body has been sent to the Penang Hospital for post-mortem.
Police have classified the case as sudden death, and those with information on Cheah's next-of-kin can call 019-233 5586.