GEORGE TOWN - Ooi Beng Ee who was killed by his younger brother during an argument in Jelutong Timur on Wednesday has been described by his neighbours as a kind man.
A 53-year-old neighbour who declined to be named said he helped both Ooi and his wife Khoon Ah Hoon several times by taking them to hospital for treatment and also to get the Bantuan Raykyat 1Malaysia payment.
"I am very sad that he died. He was a good neighbour," he said with tears in his eyes at the Khoo Kongsi funeral parlour in Bandar Baru, Air Itam, yesterday.
Ooi, 67, died of bleeding in his brain after he was believed to have been beaten with sticks and bricks.
"I warned him to be careful when dealing with his younger brother who has a violent streak. There were frequent arguments between them," the neighbour said.
He said Ooi, despite being threatened several times. still allowed his brother and his family to stay in a small house in his compound.
He said Ooi and his wife earned a meagre income from selling muar chee.
Meanwhile, Khoon said she would never forgive her brother-in-law and his family for taking her husband's life.
"I don't know what lies ahead. I may continue selling muar chee as I need to survive," she said.
Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim said a Good Samaritan was covering the funeral expenses.
"I will find ways to help Khoon," she said after paying her respects.