Penang highway shooting: Slain Datuk was detained under the Emergency Ordinance before

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Businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was shot dead by his bodyguard at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, was detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) before.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab said Ong was arrested several times by the police before and was one of the EO detainees in Simpang Renggam.

"Although he was detained by the police before, he was never charged with any crime.

"He was released after the EO was repealed in 2011," Comm Abdul Ghafar told a press conference after attending a Retired Senior Police Officers Association gathering at the Penang Officers Mess here.

He said that those detained under the EO were usually connected with cases involving violence, but they were not charged in court as police did not have enough evidence.

Ong, 32, and two other men were killed by Ong's bodyguard, who is believed to be mentally unstable on Dec 1.

3 killed in Penang expressway shooting

  • A bodyguard apparently went berserk and shot dead his own boss, killed two other men and injured four others at the expressway leading to the Penang Bridge.
  • The man was in a car together with his boss, who was driving the vehicle, and another man when he suddenly drew out his gun and shot his 32-year-old boss.
  • The boss was identified the Datuk as Ong Teik Kwong, who had been conferred his Datukship by the Sultan of Pahang earlier this year.
  • The other passenger fled on foot but the bodyguard also got out off the vehicle and started shooting at him, hitting others in the process.
  • Traffic came to an almost standstill heading towards Penang Bridge following the incident.
  • One of the injured was cameraman Muhamad Amirul Amin Amir, who was on a motorcycle.
  • Three other men were also injured in the incident.
  • Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said police arrested the bodyguard, who is in his 40s, at the scene.
  • A 32-year-old businessman who was travelling in the same car as Ong, has also been remanded seven days to facilitate investigations.
  • A source said the bodyguard, who was in the back seat, had an argument with Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was driving his BMW at the time.
  • "There was an argument and the bodyguard went berserk. All of sudden, he whipped out his pistol and shot Ong in the head from behind," the source said.
  • "After that, he hit Ong's driver on the head with the pistol."
  • The driver then ran for his life with the gunman chasing on foot. He fired at the driver but missed and the stray bullets hit several innocent passers-by.
  • The bodyguard who allegedly shot dead his boss at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Thursday had only started work that day.
  • M. Senthil, who supplies flowers to florists and temples, was going back to his home on the mainland when he was also hit by a stray bullet.
  • Choi Hon Ming, a professional clown, was killed after he was hit by a stray bullet.
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets.
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets.
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets.

Five other people were also injured in the incident, which took place at 7.30pm that day at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.

Comm Abdul Ghafar said that the remand period of the bodyguard and another suspect, who was Ong's business partner, will end on Thursday (Dec 8).

He said police will be seeking an extension of the remand for both men for another week. He added the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

He added the gunman was the bodyguard to a "Tan Sri" in Kuala Lumpur before he started working with Ong.

Comm Abdul Ghafar said the police have so far recovered 11 bullet shells at the scene, and they will return to the crime scene today to complete investigations.

When asked if the police will carry out vetting on armed security guards and bodyguards, Comm Abdul Ghafar said the police would usually do a background check for any drug abuse or criminal activities, but not for their mental heatlh.