Woman gunned down in Penang: Husband breaks down at wake

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GEORGE TOWN - It was a heart-wrenching sight when Siak Kum Guan, who lost his wife in a gangland-style murder, broke down in tears at the wake.

The 51-year-old looked distraught and tears flowed down his cheeks as he looked at Ruby Lee Poh Ai's coffin at the Batu Gantung funeral parlour.

Family members tried to console Siak but the pain of his loss was too much for him, who was seen wiping his tears away on the sleeve of his T-shirt.

Lee, 49, was gunned down shortly after she left her freight forwarding office in Lebuh Pekaka 1, Sungai Dua, in her new white BMW on Tuesday.

Woman, 49, shot and killed hitman-style in Penang

  • A woman was shot dead as she was driving her BMW in Taman Pekaka in Sungai Dua in Penang.
  • The victim, in her 40s, died from gunshot wounds in the chest in the close-range shooting at 5.45pm.
  • Several bullet holes were found on the window of her car.
  • As her white car pulled out onto the main road that leads to Jalan Bukit Gambir at around 5.45pm, two men drew up on a motorcycle beside her car, and the pillion rider fired at least 10 shots at her.
  • Lee, 49, died on the spot. At least six shots struck her and her car rammed into a four-wheel drive in front at Jalan Pekaka before screeching to a stop.
  • The body was taken to Penang Hospital for a post-mortem.
  • Lee's (inset) husband Siak Kum Guan, 51, (in off-white shirt) trying to come to terms with the news of his wife’s fatal shooting.
  • Lee’s car lies abandoned as a crowd gathers at the crime scene.
  • “She was not linked to any gang member and the case has nothing to do with gang activities,” Penang's CID chief said.

Two men drew up on a motorcycle and the pillion fired at least 10 shots at her.

Pressmen attended the wake yesterday after a message was circulated on WhatsApp that Siak would hold a press conference to clear the air on his wife's murder.

The message turned out to be false and Siak seemed oblivious to the presence of journalists.

After hugging his family members, he spent about 40 minutes chatting with friends.

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Then he left in a metallic dark grey Mercedes Benz.

A relative at the wake said the family would not respond to rumours or speculation on the incident.

"There is no need to clarify anything as long as we know the truth. There is no need to explain too much to the public," he said.

Another relative said the family was hurt by rumours on social media that Lee was pregnant when she died.

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Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye said the gunmen were dark skinned but police could not identify their race.

He said investigators were still studying footage from CCTV cameras near Lee's office and at the crime scene.

"We've been searching for clues the past week. Hopefully the images will lead us to something," he added.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said Lee was hit by six bullets on the chest and face, and police had recovered 10 casings at the scene.

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He said the investigating officer and his team went back there to look for more clues on Wednesday.

On two photographs that went viral on social media, supposedly of another fatal shooting that happened in the area, SAC Zainol told the public not to spread rumours.

"The photographs are of the incident on Tuesday. Don't speculate, let the police investigate," he said.