PETALING JAYA: The death of a boy, believed to have been murdered and buried under the kitchen of a house at Taman Usaha Jaya, Kepong, could have been prevented if neighbours had called police.
Gombak deputy OCPD Supt Hasbullah Ali said neighbours had heard the child screaming for help a day before he went missing, sometime between late March and early April.
The boy's family apparently vacated the house after hiring a contractor to purportedly fix a clogged pipe in the bathroom.
The boy's 33-year-old father, a moneylender with a previous record for extortion in Johor, is the prime suspect in the murder case.
Supt Hasbullah urged the public to contact the police to prevent a similar incidents from recurring.
"It is frustrating sometimes. Don't turn a deaf ear on pleas for help.
"You can save a life with just one phone call," he said.
The boy was wearing a Batman T-shirt, blue jeans and Smurfs undergarment when workers carrying out renovation at the house found his remains on May 29.
"I pity the boy. It makes me sad thinking about how much he suffered before dying," said Supt Hasbullah.
The post-mortem results showed that the boy was aged between eight and 10 and had been dead between eight and nine weeks.
The boy's father was arrested at a coffee shop in Keningau, Sabah, at about 6.30pm last Saturday.
After detaining him, police also picked up the mother at a relative's house in Penampang at about 1am the next day.
It was learnt that the couple were flown back to peninsula Malaysia yesterday.
There were four children living in the house, one of whom was the man's daughter from his previous marriage to a Filipina.
He remarried a local woman and the couple had a girl and two boys.
"We believe that the deceased boy was the second child among the three siblings.
"The man claimed that the child died after falling from the stairs. He said he buried the child on his own," said a police source.