GEORGE TOWN - It was his first day at work with his new boss. And it became the last day of his life for the boss.
The bodyguard who allegedly shot dead his boss at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Thursday had only started work that day.
A friend of the late businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, Jason Mah, said that the 37-year-old bodyguard had only been interviewed for the job a day earlier.
"The bodyguard was with a security agency. He has a younger brother who was also working as a bodyguard to Ong.
"The younger brother has been working for Ong for more than a year. He recommended his elder brother to Ong," Mah said when met at Ong's wake at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi funeral parlour in Bandar Baru Air Itam yesterday.
Mah also said he managed to speak to Ong's 32-year-old friend and business partner Lim Boon Leng, who was in the same car on Thursday. Lim has been remanded.
"The business partner said Ong was driving, while Lim was seated on the front passenger seat. The bodyguard was seated behind.
"The bodyguard shot Ong from behind, hitting him in the head, before turning towards Lim.
"The bodyguard then hit Lim on the head with the gun," he added.
Mah said the man then ran out of the car, with the bodyguard chasing him.
He added that Ong's wife Datin Vivian Cheow was distraught over the incident. They had been married for three years.
Another friend of Ong's, Roger Philip Emaung said Ong, Lim and the bodyguard had met with another businessman in Persiaran Karpal Singh before the incident.
"They were heading back to Ong's home on the mainland when the incident happened," he said.
Emuang said Ong was the chairman of the Persatuan Kebajikan Amal CK One, a charitable welfare association to help the underprivileged, homeless and the sick, which was registered this year.
Feed The Poor president Jeremy Asher, 27, said the organisation had worked with the Persatuan Kebajikan Amal CK One to feed the homeless twice a week.
"Ong was really helpful to the needy and he would support our effort each time we approached him for assistance," Asher said.
Ong's funeral service at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi funeral parlour will be held at 11am on Monday, before the hearse leaves for the Relau Sepuluh Kongsi Chinese Cemetery for burial.