Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The tragedy of Choong Khuat Hock

As a follow-up to my earlier blog post, it's been confirmed through a DNA test that it was indeed Choong Khuat Hock's decomposed remains that was found abandoned in a remote area off the Karak Highland in Pahang on 13 Mar 2010. Earlier, Choong had been identified visually by his father and maid through his clothing, but a confirmation by a DNA test was required for death under such circumstances. I can imagine how difficult it must have been for an aged man to see his son in this condition.

Police had said a post mortem showed Choong died of a blow to his chest caused by a blunt object at least four days earlier, which meant he was killed just hours after he was last seen at about 6pm on 9 Mar. It has been reported that closed-circuit television had shown Choong at an unknown location with an unidentified "middle-eastern" man. Police ruled out business rivalry and kidnapping as the motive behind the murder and said they believed the killing was over personal matters. Unfortunately, Police seemed to have failed to track down this suspect - not yet anyway - and with each passing day, the trail gets colder.

Choong's obituary announcement has already appeared in the newspapers. The remains will be cremated tomorrow and a memorial service held the day after. The tragedy has stretched on for almost two weeks and is already very hard on the family. So, I can well suspect that both ceremonies will be very private affairs for family members and close friends only. I don't expect much news to filter out.

Choong was a prominent financial analyst with his asset management company, Kumpulan Sentiasa Cemerlang. He belonged to an illustrious family in Penang and his uncles - Eddy and David - were not only prominent businessmen and Old Frees but also national badminton heroes. Both Eddy and David were inducted into the Badminton World Federation's Hall Of Fame in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

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