S'pore businessman found dead in Papua New Guinea

S'pore businessman found dead in Papua New Guinea

A Singaporean businessman was found dead at his home in Papua New Guinea on Sunday - and police there believe he may have been murdered.

Mr Tan Tiam Teng, 69, managing director of Morobe Stationery, was discovered with a wound to his neck.

It is believed he could have been attacked with a sharp object and left to bleed to death.

Last night, his son, Mr Tan Sio Wei, left Singapore for Papua New Guinea and is scheduled to arrive in Lae today to identify his body.

He was informed about the death on Sunday and told The Straits Times: "Police said he could have been murdered, that's why I can't comment on the case."

The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the case and is in touch with the deceased's family.

Mr Tan, a businessman based in Singapore, said he and his three sisters are keeping the news from their elderly mother.

The late Mr Tan was supposed to travel to the country's capital, Port Moresby, on Sunday afternoon.

He was discovered dead by his driver, who called the police after noticing that the fly-wire mesh covering the back door to his apartment had been ripped off.

Local media reported that a sliding glass door had been opened.

Police had difficulty entering the house and a locksmith was called to open the door.

They told reporters that the deceased was home alone when he was attacked from behind with a sharp object and left to bleed to death.

Mr Tan said his father lived with an employee who was apparently not at home when the attack took place.

Mr Tan said his father had been based in Papua New Guinea for more than 20 years, though his family remained in Singapore.

He lived in a high-security residential area in Hibiscus Avenue in Eriku, a suburb in the industrial city of Lae.

His company - which supplies school and office stationery, sports equipment, trophies and furniture - was also located in Lae, in Morobe Province.

The incident is one of three killings in the city this year, including the shooting of a woman on New Year's Day.

joycel@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Jan 06, 2015.
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