KAJANG, Malaysia - The man who kept his dead wife's body at home for 35 days cared for her as if she were alive, said the police.
According to Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab, the husband confessed that he even combed his dead wife's hair daily.
"The hair was still in good condition when we found her.
"The man said he brushed her hair every day and he even talked to her as if she were alive," he told reporters on Wednesday.
"He said he could not report her death because he loved her too much.
"He was afraid the body would be taken away and he would not be able to see her again," said ACP Abdul Rashid, adding that the couple had been together for 27 years and were married for 17 years.
The man's wife, Lim Ah Tee, 42, died on Sept 21 after complaining of chest pains.
The man, 44, who worked as a plaster ceiling contractor, only lodged a report on Oct 26 after he confessed the matter to his elder brother who came to visit the couple.
A post-mortem on the body found no evidence of foul play.
"The husband went to work and sent their son to school as usual.