Witness: I heard 'firecrackers'

Witness: I heard 'firecrackers'
Police investigating the shooting of Hussain Ahmad Najadi. Chew was testifying in the trial of Koong who is charged with murdering Hussain Ahmad Najadi.

KUALA LUMPUR - Kow tim in the Cantonese dialect means "it is done".

And that was what Koong Swee Kwan told taxi driver Chew Siang Chee when the latter fetched him from a Lorong Ceylon parking lot on the day Arab-Malaysian Develop­ment Bank founder was gunned down.

Chew, 46, said he was to meet Koong at a food stall at the Kuan Yin temple between noon and 1pm on July 29 last year after Koong called and asked to fetch him.

"Koong told me to wait for him, and since there were too many people in the area, I decided to wait outside the food stall area.

"While cleaning the carpet in my car, I heard what sounded like firecrackers going off twice, and I saw people running," said Chew, who was clad in red lock-up attire.

Chew was testifying in the trial of Koong who is charged with murdering Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, and the attempted murder of the banker's wife Cheong Mei Kuen, 49.

Koong, 45, stands charged under Sections 302 and 307 of the Penal Code with having committed the offences at the parking lot.

Chew said he tried to call Koong at the time but the latter could not be reached, and so he went back to the temple.

"Upon reaching the temple, I heard a knock on my car bonnet and Koong got into my taxi.

"He told me to speed up and later said kow tim but I was not sure what he meant," he said when replying to a question by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin.

Earlier, when DPP Wan Shaharuddin asked whether Chew knew a man who was known as Ah Kwan or Sei Ngan Chai, he said "yes", adding that he knew the man while working at a pub before becoming a taxi driver.

Asked whether Ah Kwan was present in court yesterday, Chew said "yes" and pointed at Koong in the dock.

The 17th prosecution witness also said that later in the evening in Bukit Jalil, he found a magazine for bullets in the bottom of the front passenger's seat while cleaning his vehicle.

He said he called Koong and told him about it and Koong came to his car.

Chew said Koong put his hand on the bottom left side of the front passenger's seat, adding that he told Chew to make a false police report.

On Feb 17, Sessions Court Judge Azwarnida Affandi sentenced Chew to 14 years' jail and ordered him to be whipped six times for possession of a pistol, a magazine and four bullets.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Azman Husin adjourned the trial to June 17.

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