Top Malaysian banker's killer arrested

Top Malaysian banker's killer arrested

KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested the prime suspect in the murder of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi.

The 44-year-old man, nicknamed Sei Ngan Chai (four-eyed guy in Cantonese), was tracked to a house at Larut Tin Tambahan in Taiping and detained at about 12.30am yesterday.

Two other men, aged 31 and 26, and believed to be his accomplices, were also arrested in the raid.

This ends a manhunt of almost three months for the suspected killer of the 75-year-old Najadi near the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon on July 29. The banker's wife, Cheong Mei Kuen, was also hit but survived.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the two men caught with Sei Ngan Chai were harbouring him.

"He tried to evade the police but the long arm of the law finally caught up with him," Khalid said at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.

Police, however, have yet to recover the pistol used in the shooting.

Khalid said the three men have been brought to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters and have been remanded until Sept 29.

With Sei Ngan Chai in custody, police hope to uncover the motive of the murder and the person or people who hired the hitman.

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