JOHOR BARU - Two men, including a Singaporean, were charged in the magistrate's court here with the murder of businessman Yong Boon Cheong whose charred body was found in an oil palm plantation 24 hours after he was reported missing.
Singaporean businessman Noriskandar Zainal Yahya, 37, and carpet washer Izwanuddin Kassim, 34, were charged with killing 54-year-old Yong.
The murder allegedly took place in Jalan Skudai, Danga Bay here, between 6am and 7am on July 4.
The charge was read out before magistrate Mohd Azlan Shah Mohd Allias here yesterday.
Both men nodded, indicating that they understood the charge. However, no plea was recorded.
Mohd Azlan Shah set Sept 2 for mention pending the DNA and post-mortem reports.
DPP Noor Farhana Adham prosecuted the case while both accused were not represented.
It was reported that Yong's charred remains were found at an oil palm estate in Ayer Hitam, Batu Pahat, after he was believed to have been murdered in Jalan Skudai.
Apparently, Yong, who was involved in plastic manufacturing, was last spotted arguing with a man and woman near his home in Polo Park, Taman Iskandar.