Cops identify banker's shooting suspect

KUALA LUMPUR - Police believe they have identified the man who killed Arab Malaysian Development Bank's first managing director Hussain Ahmad Najadi on Monday after they questioned the taxi driver who drove the gunman to the crime scene.

City police Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police tracked down the 44-year-old cabbie at a coffee shop in Sri Petaling on Tuesday at 9pm.

"The cabbie revealed that the gunman was his regular customer. He described the gunman to be in his 30s and we also have a photofit of him.

"The driver said he dropped off the man, known as Jian, a 'Sei Ngan Chai' (Cantonese for 'four-eyed boy'), in Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang here.

Police obtained the image of the gunman from a closed-circuit television camera at Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon where Hussain was shot in cold blood.

"We believe the suspect is still in the city. The taxi driver said he was always roaming around Taman Maluri in Cheras."

Ku urged those who recognised the suspect or have information about him to contact the city police's serious crime investigations department at 03-21460685 or KL's Rakan Cop at 03-21159999, or SMS KL police's Rakan Cop at 32728.

Based on the bullets recovered from the deceased, Ku said police believed a 9mm automatic pistol was used in the murder.

Hussain, a Bahraini, and his wife, Cheong Mei Kuen, were meeting a man at the temple for discussions when the gunman arrived and shot Hussain.

Ku said the bullets pierced his chest and left rib cage, while his 49-year-old wife was hit on her left wrist and right thigh.

"We have also recorded the statement of the man whom the couple had met at the temple," Ku added.

It is learnt that the couple was involved in a dispute concerning the temple land.

Hussain was buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery on Tuesday.