Veteran Malaysian journalist covering election found dead in Sabah office

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KOTA KINABALU - A veteran Chinese newspaper reporter in the midst of covering GE14 was found dead in his second floor office in Sandakan on Thursday (May 3).

Tam Say Cheong, 68, is believed to have suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at his office where he works alone.

He had been busy covering the current elections for his Sabah-based newspaper Overseas Chinese Daily News (OCDN).

His wife and three children live in Kuala Lumpur and his daughter had made a plea on Facebook seeking help to locate her father whom she had been unable to contact since 1pm Wednesday.

Yong said that the lights and fan in the office had been left on and immediately called for firemen to help force open the door.

Firemen found Tam dead and police sent his remains to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for further medical examination.

The veteran reporter had worked for OCDN for more than 40 years and was the chairman of the Sandakan Reporters and Newspaper Employees Association.

His wife, a retired headmistress, and their three children last met him a week ago when he took a brief trip to Kuala Lumpur.

One of Tam's children posted a message on her Facebook page at 7.44am on Thursday appealing for friends to notify the family if they had any information on his whereabouts.

The family had been attempting to contact him on his mobile, office and house telephones since 1pm on Wednesday but to no avail.

According to other journalists, they last saw Tam covering Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's visit to Sandakan on Sunday.

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