MALACCA - A construction site supervisor was killed in what appeared to be a hunting trip gone awry when his shotgun discharged itself - right into his jaw.
Ong Thai Hock, 56, from Bemban Baru was out to hunt for wild boar with a friend when the tragedy occurred just as he was unloading ammunition from his weapon at 2am.
He was at a village road some 100m from the Jalan Gapam main road in Ayer Keroh.
Ong was found lying on the ground with one leg on the motorcycle seat and the other on a pedal.
His friend, in his 40s, found Ong after waiting at their agreed meeting place for half an hour.
Ong's motorcycle was still upright, with its engine still running.
His elder brother, Thai San, 63, said villagers and community members in Bemban used to alert Ong, a regular hunter and a Rela member, whenever they needed help to get rid of wild boar and other agricultural pests at their farms.
Bemban state assemblyman Datuk Ng Choon Koon, who is Ong's nephew, said his uncle retired from his subcontracting business some time ago before the family asked him to help supervise a housing project recently.
"Our family has been working very long hours to complete the project which is due in May.
"My uncle only has a day off every fortnight, and last night was his day off."