Bodies of Penang shooting victims claimed

By G. Prakash, Praven Suppayah, S. Arulldas, V. Sivaji and Mohamed Basyir

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 3 — Family members and friends of Datuk Ong Teck Kwong gathered at the Penang Hospital mortuary yesterday as his wife Datin Vivien Cheow claimed his body.

Cheow, in her late 20s, was too distraught as she was led out out of the mortuary by relatives.

Shortly after, Ong’s remains were placed in a white hearse and was trailed by 20 tinted luxury cars.

Ong’s wake would be held at the Khoo Kongsi in Farlim, Air Itam, and his funeral on Monday.

Two other motorists — Choy Hon Min, 32, and M. Senthil, 38, were also killed in the incident.

Senthil’s relative B. Nirmala, 38, who was also at the mortuary, said Senthil’s wife L. Thatchayani, 42, had tried in vain contacting her husband for several hours on the night of the incident.

“Thatchayani was worried about his safety and feared for the worst. I was alerted to the shooting incident and when I took a closer look at photographs that were widely shared, I saw his motorcycle,” she said.

“When we reached the scene, we saw him lying on the roadside,” she said.

Senthil’s funeral would be held at No, 7, Lorong Sembilang 30, Seberang Jaya at 2pm today.

Choy’s sister Thoi Poh Phang, 37, from Farlim, Air Itam said she lost her only brother in the incident.

She said her self-employed brother worked as a clown and was on his way to Butterworth to discuss an event on the mainland. 

“I arrived home in the evening and we acknowledged each other before he left for Butterworth. I did not know that such a tragedy would happen in my family.

“My brother was planning to get married this month. His fiancee works in Saudi Arabia as a nurse,” she said.

Choy’s funeral would be held at at the Batu Gantung funeral parlour on Monday.