Two die in unrequited love tragedy

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian security guard fell 11 storeys to his death after allegedly killing a 43-year-old female acquaintance, in what is believed to be a case of unrequited love.

The chief security guard, known only as Jim, was found dead at around 4pm on Wednesday at the bottom of a block in Petaling Jaya, near capital Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Jim, who was in his 40s, is believed to have stabbed Ms Sabahan Salmah Lok, a tailor, after she repeatedly rejected his romantic advances, The Star reported.

Petaling Jaya Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said that the police had been hot on the heels of the security guard following the discovery of Ms Lok's body in her shop about three hours earlier.

It is believed that she was murdered the previous day at about 7pm.


Said ACP Arjunaidi: "A customer was at the shop to collect her clothes when she made the gruesome discovery. She immediately contacted the police."

The police said they are investigating the murder from all angles, including the possibility of a crime of passion.

Ms Lok was found with multiple stab wounds including in the abdomen, underarm and private parts.

A mutual friend of theirs, known only as Ramli, said that the accused and the victim had known each other for three months.

Said Mr Ramli: "Salmah moved here from Kota Belud, Sabah, more than 10 years ago to work as a tailor.

"She used her savings to start her own tailoring business this year."

Mr Ramli, who was Jim's colleague, said that Ms Lok had a child from a previous marriage and had rejected Mr Jim's advances more than once.

Mr Ramli claimed that Mr Jim would visit her at the store and wait for her to finish work.

But the victim did not reciprocate his feelings.

Mr Ramli said that Mr Jim had called him on Wednesday afternoon, requesting his help to lock up Ms Lok's store.

Mr Ramli said he could not help him because he was busy at work.

Both bodies were sent for post-mortem.

This article was published on May 2 in The New Paper.

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