Man shot dead outside temple

He had gone there to pray for safe delivery of his first child.

A florist who had gone to a temple in Puchong, Selangor, to pray for the safe delivery of his first child was gunned down in front of the building last week.

An assailant fired at Mr A. Regen, who was walking out of the temple with his mother, nephew and another relative on Friday.

After the 31-year-old collapsed, the suspect went closer to fire at his head before fleeing the scene, reported The Star newspaper.

Mr Regen's wife, Madam Bavani, was warded in hospital during the incident.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Razimi Ahmad said Mr Regen was walking to his car when he was shot.

The suspect fired four shots at Mr Regen, three of which hit him on his leg, chest and head.

"We are still investigating the motive for the shooting," Mr Razimi told reporters at the scene.

Witnesses were unable to see or identify the assailant as the incident happened quickly, said Mr Razimi, who added that the suspect could have fled on foot towards a nearby highway.

Meanwhile, Madam Bavani safely delivered a baby boy the day after her husband's murder.


According to his brother-in-law, Mr Regen was a kind-hearted and loving husband.

"It is very unfortunate for us to lose him. He was so happy that he was finally going to see his son," said Mr S. Ramalingam, who added that Madam Bavani was distraught over her husband's death.

Meanwhile, a funeral in Penang was interrupted when Penang Islamic Religious Department officers appeared at an apartment in Macallum Street to "claim" the remains of a dead person.

The deceased, identified as Ms Teoh Cheng Cheng, 38, apparently converted to Islam 17 years ago. Her Muslim name was Nora Teoh Abdullah.

Family members and relatives were stunned when the officers arrived at noon on Sunday while the Chinese funeral rites were being conducted.

The funeral procession was scheduled for later that day.

After several hours of discussion, Ms Teoh's family allowed the officers to take away the coffin.

It is learnt that the coffin was taken to the mortuary pending further developments.

Ms Teoh's family members said they would pursue the matter in the courts.

This article was first published on June 10, 2014.
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