Son still in shock after father's violent death

KUALA LUMPUR - The son of shot Arab Malaysian Banking Group founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi said the tragedy was the worst thing that could happen to him.

Pascal Najadi said his father's violent death was the darkest period of his life.

"I cannot find the words to describe it. I have been collecting myself.

"For a week I was in a black hole of horror and shock," he told The Star in a phone interview from Moscow yesterday.

"I've had an average of one and a half hours of sleep daily (since the incident). I have not eaten much and I have to force myself to eat," he said, adding that he was surviving on a sandwich a day and drank plain water since the incident.

Pascal said that he was informed of the shocking news by some friends in Malaysia.

"It was very difficult for them to tell me at that time.

"They did not know really what to say and they did not know how to tell me, but they had to," he said.

He added that it took him two to three hours before he realised what had happened.

"It took me several hours before I could actually talk to anyone," he said.

Meanwhile, city CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said that investigations were progressing well.

Najadi, 75, was killed while his wife Chong Mei Kuen, 49, was injured after being shot at from close range by a lone gunman while walking to their car after discussing a property deal at a Chinese temple in Lorong Ceylon here.

Police had released pictures from CCTV recordings of a man believed to the gunman.

The man, known as Sei Ngan Chai (four-eyed guy in Cantonese) was believed to be still in the country.